Allotment holders disgust at chicken mutilation

Allotment owner Steve Foster from South Hiendley. Devastated after thieves broke into his allotment and randomly killed some of his chickens. 'h311a336

Allotment owner Steve Foster from South Hiendley. Devastated after thieves broke into his allotment and randomly killed some of his chickens. 'h311a336

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Allotment holders in South Hiendley are “disgusted” following a break in last Saturday night which resulted in the mutilation of livestock.

A number of locks on-site were broken and tools taken, but most graphically the trespassers pulled the heads off several chickens.

Allotment owner Steve Foster, whom the chickens belonged to said: “Break-ins are nothing new, as this is the third time in the last three years my allotment has been broken into, but this is the first time I’ve had poultry killed.

“It was a horrific sight to find and can only imagine how barbaric the thinking is of anyone who would want to do this.

“It really is getting beyond a joke now, as I find there to be no point putting locks on anything, the thieves will just rip the doors off.”

Another allotment had a rabbit stolen, which was found Monday on an adjacent field also mutilated.

Glennis Kemshell, South Hiendley Allotment Manager, said: “Break-ins are becoming far too common and its is unacceptable really. With the economic state being what it is, you’d think decent honest people would be allowed to nurture and maintain their allotments without this occurring.

“Even with the sturdiest padlocks and trying to cover all ends of the allotment it doesn’t stop them, and the things they did to the chickens is just simply disgusting. I am disgusted.”

Fellow allotment owner Ken Hewitt said: “You’d see some justification if the intent was simply to steal a chicken, but to pull its head off is something else.”

Insp Geoff Carter of the South East neighbourhood policing team, said: “The attack on these allotments is concerning. Not happy with breaking in the offenders then went on to cause mindless damage and suffering to animals. I would request anyone with any information get in touch and we will follow all lines of enquiry.

If you have any information call the police on 101.