Cruel thieves have stolen birds from the Central Park aviary in Boston and killed others which died from exhaustion and distress after being chased and avoiding capture.
Park staff turned up for work on Thursday, November 1, to find the aviary had been broken into some time overnight.
About 30 birds are missing including budgerigars, parakeets, cockatiels and love birds worth in excess of £600. Some of these birds were donated by residents.
The crime has been reported to the police. Parks staff have secured the door and will look into what other measures can be taken to protect the aviary.
Other vandalism has occurred and it looks as though nearby trellis work was smashed down and a wooden post from that used as a battering ram to break into the wooden service door including smashing down the trellis around the aviary.
Cllr Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for parks and open spaces, said: “This is such a mindless, determined, deliberate and heartless act. The aviary is a lovely feature in Central Park, especially popular with families and children.
“The very fact that the aviary provides opportunity for anyone to view the birds makes it an easy target and very difficult to protect. The park is similarly difficult to protect from those who are determined and who will get in at any time.
“We continue to improve facilities in the park for all to enjoy and it is just so sad that anyone would want to spoil anything in a public park.”
CCTV footage is being reviewed to try to track down those responsible.
Boston Borough Council wants to hear from anyone with information about this, or who is offered cage birds for sale. Contact the police on 101 quoting the crime number 51 of 1/11/2018