March 6, 2011
leads in shootings probe as 'Save Our Swans' appeal begins
new leads are being examined by the police and RSPCA in the investigation
into the shooting of 41 swans near Burnham-On-Sea.
by Burnham-On-Sea.com, dozens of swans have been found dead after
being shot by an airgun user in recent weeks - and there are now
fresh hopes that the culprit could soon be caught.
World Founder Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Sunday:
"We have had several calls regarding a person seen in the
area where the shootings have been taking place."
information has been passed onto the Police and RSPCA, who are
leading the investigation, and further evidence is being gathered.
We are hopeful that the person will be caught soon."
added that the reward to find and prosecute the person - which
stands at just over £26,000 - has now been frozen and any
further donations will be put towards a new S.O.S. (Save Our Swans)
said: "Secret World has been amazed at the response to the
terrible incident of the shooting of swans on the moors."
are feeling so helpless at such a cruel and wanton act and whilst
we sincerely hope that we catch the person who has murdered these
swans, we want to turn this horrible act into a positive."
added: "That is why we are launching an S.O.S. Appeal - Save
Our Swans - and anyone donating to the appeal will help swans
that in the future have been injured by fishing tackle, in road
traffic accidents or by hitting power lines."
more importantly, it can go towards the education of children
in the hope of teaching them to love and respect wildlife."
"Everyone here at Secret World has been touched by the huge
response from people wishing to know the outcome for the surviving
swan and any progress in the investigation and thank them for
caring. Any information will help us - even the smallest detail
could be the last piece in the jigsaw."
The Police and RSPCA are carrying out a full investigation with
the information received and Secret World is dealing with any
further sightings of dead or injured swans.
£26,000 reward offered by concerned supporters includes
£10,000 from Sir Terry Pratchett and £5,000 from Animal
top, is Beauty the swan when she arrived at Secret World and,
above, another swan being cared for