Police are investigating the ‘brutal’ killing of a swan while it was guarding its nest.

Two eggs were also taken from the swan’s nest. Killing wild birds and taking their eggs are both offences.

The incident happened on Tuesday (May 16) afternoon between 2.30pm and 6.30pm at Colburn Lakes, behind the Brompton Swale Caravan Park near Catterick, North Yorkshire.

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Police have described the killing of the adult male swan as “brutal”.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area.  They are also looking for information about the possible whereabouts of the eggs removed from the nest.

North Yorkshire Police said: “We’re appealing for witnesses and information about a brutal swan killing that occurred in Colburn village, near Catterick.

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“We’re requesting your assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident. In particular we would like information about any suspicious people in the area as well as the possible whereabouts of the eggs that were removed from the nest.

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“Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should email Hannah.Lancaster@northyorkshire.police.uk. Alternatively you can also call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Hannah Lancaster.

“Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12230088025 when passing on information.”

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.