Rare finches stolen in raid
Rare birds worth more than £4,500 have been stolen from a property in Sunderland.
Thieves broke into an aviary in the rear yard of an address in Ruswarp Drive between 9.20pm on Thursday, May 3, and 1pm on Friday, May 4.
Twenty silver goldfinch males were stolen, along with seven hybrid finches and two brown linnet male birds.
The birds are specially cross bred and are of huge sentimental value to the owner.
Police believe the theft could be linked to a break-in at a nearby allotment that happened around the same time as the theft of the birds.
Tools including a hammer, crowbar and screwdriver were stolen from a shed in Pembroke Avenue and officers think the thieves may have used the stolen tools to break into the aviary.
Northumbria Police have appealed for information from anyone who saw any suspicious people or vehicles in Ruswarp Drive or Pembroke Avenue on Thursday night or Friday morning.
Anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of the birds is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.
Source: Bourne Local