Bird-lover targeted by thieves
A bird-lover lost her prized flock when thoughtless yobs broke into her home-made aviary.
Shirley Iddison has spent eight years converting a garden shed into a home for more than 20 birds ranging from finches and doves to canaries and cockatiels.
But her entire collection has been wiped out after someone sneaked into her property in Shields Terrace, on the Central Estate, in Hartlepool, during Wednesday night.
It is unclear whether the intruder stole the animals, which are valued at £200, or just set them free.
Shirley, 53, said: “Some of these birds I have bred myself. I’ve even had to dispose of baby chicks and eggs they have laid because all the birds are gone so there’s no-one to rear them.
impossible that it had happened by accident.
Police visited her home on Thursday to investigate what had happened and checked the shed for fingerprints.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “We received a report of a burglary at an address in Shields Terrace, on the Central Estate.
“We are investigating and inquiries are ongoing.”
Source: Hartlepool Mail