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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Dogs maul cygnets to death in Workington park

Dogs have mauled two cygnets to death in a Workington park.

Raegan Mckay photo
Raegan Mckay

Allerdale council’s nature officer made the gruesome find on the Mill Stream in Workington Hall Parklands and is now warning dog owners that they are breaking the law by allowing their pets to attack an animal.

The council is also calling on irresponsible yobs to clean up their mess in public places across the borough following a spate of recent incidents.

Large piles of cans, smashed bottles, disposable barbecues and empty packets have been found in parks, gardens and along the area’s river beds in the past few weeks, while people have been enjoying the warm weather.

Workington’s Curwen Park and Mill Field, Northside football field and the Jubilee field next to Harrington nature reserve have been plagued by rubbish.

The council is now clamping down on the trouble-makers, warning anyone caught littering will be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £80.

Raegan Mckay, the council’s nature partnership officer, said: “It is great that this recent spell of good weather is encouraging more people to enjoy the outdoors by spending time in some of our beautiful parks and open spaces.

“However, we would urge people to consider other park users and clean up after themselves as well as being aware of local wildlife and birdlife who inhabit the same areas.”

Dogs should be kept under control while in a public place, and on a lead when around wildlife, said Ms Mckay.

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