Bird Killings in West Sussex
The RSPCA claims that seventeen birds have been found dead in Worthing, West Sussex over the last few weeks after having been shot with air rifles. In the latest incident, two baby seagulls were found dead on the roof of a block of flats in Durrington Gardens on Wednesday. Worst of all, the RSPCA inspector Tony Pritchard says that it is likely the birds did not die straight after being shot but instead died painfully and suffered greatly. It is thought that someone local to the area has been carrying out the killings, he said. All the birds killed at the flats near Durrington Station had tended to be bigger birds such as herring gulls, wood pigeons, doves and magpies, according to Mr. Pritchard. The RSPCA has reminded the public that shooting wild birds is illegal and if caught, the guilty party will certainly be prosecuted. The charity has asked that anybody with any information concerning these crimes contact them as soon as possible.