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Chickens slaughtered in sickening attack

PUBLISHED: 16:35 23 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

AN allotment holder was faced with a sickening sight this morning after thugs slaughtered 20 chickens.

It is the second time Wayne Canham's livestock have been targeted in less than a week.

AN allotment holder was faced with a sickening sight this morning after thugs slaughtered 20 chickens.

It is the second time Wayne Canham's livestock have been targeted in less than a week.

In the first incident yobs killed 41 chickens – most were bludgeoned to death with a plank of wood and three were drowned in a nearby waterbutt.

Surveying the scene at his plot on the Aster Road allotments, in Ipswich, early this morning 46-year-old Mr Canham, said: "These ones they killed last night were the baby ones.

"They also killed two pigeons and a duckling. Their heads were pulled off, some were beaten with sticks, others were stabbed and some were hit with a spade.

"There are just chickens everywhere. Only two are left from last night. I am just going to give up keeping chickens and call it a day."

The chickens were ex-battery hens and their off-spring bought three years ago and kept by Mr Canham as a hobby.

"There were three generations of the chickens," said Mr Canham, who lives on the town's Rivers estate.

"I just can't imagine the mentality of someone doing this. Whoever did it just run amok.

"Originally I thought it was a personal thing. But it is not just my plot. Sheds have also been broken into in the past."

Allotment holders branded the vandals as "sick thugs."

Aster Road allotment chairman Bob McNay, 56, said after the first attack: "It was mindless vandalism. The yobs had just battered the chickens.

"They were lying dead everywhere. There are one or two chickens left but about four had to be put down the day after.

"They had broken legs, broken wings and everything. It must have been an agonising death for them. The people responsible must have been really sick to do it.

"There are a lot of angry allotment holders. To interfere with chickens, you couldn't get any lower."

On the first attack the allotments – which are part bounded by a 6ft high fence with barbed wire – were broken into between 6 pm on October 18 and 8am the following morning.

A potting shed window was also smashed.

Secretary Win McNay, 56, said lst week's incident was the first time vandals have targeted livestock on the site.

"It is so mindless. Some parents don't worry about where their children are any more.

"But this sort of thing does make people wonder what will happen overnight. They worry about what they have to face the next day."

Anyone with any information should contact Ipswich Police on 01473 613500 or crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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