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Police hunt missing Selby birds


3:26pm 28th June 2011

Selby police are investigating after a collection of birds was stolen from an aviary in Carlton.

Sometime between 6pm on Monday 27th June and 6am on Tuesday 28th June 2011, offenders broke into a shed at a property in Town End Avenue, before stealing a pair of wire cutters which they used to gain entry to the adjoining bird house.

They took a total of 39 birds, valued at around £300, including:

* Two yellow canaries
* Two black and yellow canaries
* Two white canaries
* Two red factor canaries
* A Diamond dove
* Two Gloster (correct spelling) canaries
* 16 Zebra finches
* Four Pied finches
* Eight white finches

The birds are unlikely to survive unless they are cared for properly and are kept in a suitable environment.

Officers are appealing for anyone who can help them locate the missing birds, to get in touch.

PC Stuart Henderson, of Selby police, said:

“The owner and his wife extremely angry and upset that their birds have gone. These birds often do not survive if they are not kept in the correct environment and cared for properly.

“The birds are very distinctive, due to their bright colours and the fact that they are not often seen in the wild.

“I am appealing to anyone who can offer information that will lead to the birds being located, to contact the police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.

“I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who knows where the birds are, has been offered them for sale, or has any information about their whereabouts.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Stuart Henderson, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110106237.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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