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Yobs slaughter animals in sick allotment attack

Sick killers slayed ferrets, ducks and chickens in an allotment attack.

Penrith allotments attack photo
Karen Donnison

The thugs stuck forks through pet ferrets, pulled the bills from ducks, broke a hen’s neck and beheaded chickens in a mindless attack on Penrith’s Castletown allotments.

The ferrets belonged to disabled man Archie Lovell, 71, of Newton Reigny.

His daughter, Karen Donnison, 48, said: “Dad loves his allotment. He left me at 10.30am on Monday to go up to the allotment to see his animals. When he got there he found his gates had been smashed and his shed broken into. Forks had been stuck through the ferrets.

"My dad is traumatised. He’s so upset as the animals are the one thing that keeps him going. It’s his hobby. They’ve taken everything away from him.

“The people who did this can’t call themselves human beings.”

Two of Archie’s ferrets were killed and two have broken legs. He has taken one home but Karen says it is in a terrible state and won’t let her dad go anywhere near it.

On other plots the thugs pulled the beaks off ducks and the heads off chickens.

Karen, who works in a hairdresser’s on Angel Lane in Penrith, said: “I’ve got some ducks up there but fortunately they didn’t see them so they are okay. My dad left the allotment straight away when he found the damage and headed into town. I caught up with him in a shop and he was crying.”

Police say the attack happened between April 6 and 8.

Inspector Dave Willetts, of Eden Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These are horrific crimes, which have caused the people who own the allotments a great deal of distress. There is absolutely no excuse for animal cruelty and we are working hard to identify those responsible.

“We are appealing to anyone in the local community who may have any information, or who may have seen some suspicious activity in the area, to come forward and let us know as soon as possible.”

Karen is offering a cash reward for information leading to a conviction.

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Call Karen on 01768 864316.

Have your say

There's something not right about people who do things like that this. If they would do that to animal I wouldn't trust them around human beings. There needs to be CCTV close to allotments as it seems to be happening an awful lot.

Posted by Pippin on 9 June 2014 at 11:37

Scummy little pricks! I would set my dog on em!

Posted by Garry on 26 April 2014 at 19:37

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