Swans' heads had been severed
LOCALS have been shocked by the discovery of four beheaded swans and two complete swan carcasses – and are appealing for anyone with information to contact the police.
Officers called to the gruesome find of two beheaded swans on the mudflat opposite Greenbank Road in Restronguet Creek, near Devoran then discovered four more carcasses, two without heads, on an inaccessible marshy plain.
Due to their state of decomposition, police and wildlife experts have been unable to ascertain how they died.
Wildlife crimes officer PC Paul Freestone said: "At this time we have no way of knowing how these swans died but the fact that they have had their heads removed leads us to believe that they were killed illegally."
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All six have been identified as mute swans.
Dee Reeves, a member of the Restronguet Creek Society wildlife group, said: "The mute swans are a regular and much-loved sight here. We see groups of them moving up and down with the tide each day. Our community's shocked to hear police fear they may have been killed illegally, hence the appeal for witnesses."
On the West Briton's Facebook page, Maureen Mitchell from Truro posted: "These people who did this are sick and disgusting."
Susan Chap Bugajsky posted: "This is very sad. Wildlife needs to be cared for, not wasted."
Killing any wild bird is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Anyone with information is being asked to call the police on 101 quoting reference GT/13/1987.