Hunt for illegal bird shoot gang

Hunt for illegal bird shoot gang

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Police are hunting a gang of men who were spotted illegally shooting birds in the Lancashire countryside.

Three men were spotted on Glasson Marsh, near Morecambe, shooting at birds.

Upset witnesses said one gull was shot and thrown up in the air repeatedly and used for target practice.

Three shots were also fired at a Red-Breasted Merganser, and a small bird was shot and killed near the water’s edge.

Now police in Morecambe are encouraging anyone with information about the offence to get in touch.

And they want people in the area to be vigilant and report any other offences to them.

PC Antony Marsh said: “Glasson Marsh is a unique location and is popular with bird watchers and widely used by legitimate wildfowlers.

“We are working closely with these groups to identify these irresponsible and cruel individuals.

“I would remind people that Gulls and Red-Breasted Mergansers are not lawful quarry species.

“Lancashire Constabulary takes wildlife crime very seriously and we will take positive action against such offenders under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.”

Lancaster District Birdwatching Society and Morecambe Bay Wildfowling Association have today also both condemned the incident.

The offence is took place on January 31.

Details were today released by police in a bid to bring more witnesses forward.

The three men are all described as white.

One of them was around 6ft tall and the other two were shorter at about 5ft 8in tall.

The taller man was dressed in full camouflage and one of the other men was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue trousers, possibly overalls.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

North West Hunt Saboteurs Association

07960 038230
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One Reply to “Hunt for illegal bird shoot gang”

  1. GUNS GUNS GUNS these evil things should be banned world wide, no guns no shooting. Also any other kind of weapon should be banned, I am sick to death of these evil bastards murdering wild life just for fun they should be made to suffer for this. I am also sick to death of WAR among people everything you hear now adays is shooting shooting shooting and I have had enough of it all. Time the public did something about this stupid Country and its even more stupid laws, it seems the more evil you are the more you get away with things. Where I live there is pheasant shooting in the Winter and I have complained and complained about this but as usual nothing was done so in the end I phoned the Council and told them that every day I had been disturbed by this scum I was knocking it off my council tax and that is exactly what I have done.

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