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Animal Shootings In Huntington - Police Hold Drop-In Session

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6:00am 2nd June 2013

York police are holding a drop-in session for residents in Huntington after reports that cats and wild birds have been shot with air rifles in the area.

Three cats and numerous birds have been shot in the Orchard Gardens area of Huntington recently and officers are holding the meeting on Sunday 2 June 2013 to give residents the chance to discuss any concerns with their local police and the RSPCA.

The drop-in session will be held at Orchard Park Community Centre between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team are working with the RSPCA to try and identify whoever is responsible for the offences.

PCSO Marie Hampshire, of York North Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "This behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone found to be responsible for these incidents will be appropriately dealt with.

"Air rifles must only be fired on private property with permission of the land owner and it is an offence to shoot such a weapon beyond the land boundary.

"Shooting domestic animals is also an offence and anyone shooting birds must be a licensed firearms holder. Shooting without a licence can result in a six month prison sentence and a £5000 fine."

Anyone who has any information that can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 2 - and ask for York North Safer Neighbourhood Team.

If you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.

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