Gunshots ring out at Nailsworth mill pond
THERE are fears that dozens of ducks may have been shot with an air gun on an historic mill pond in Nailsworth.
Concerned neighbours reported hearing gun shots near one of the mill ponds at Dunkirk Mill in Bath Road on three occasions.
One woman contacted the management of the mill, which has been converted to residential flats, to say she heard an air gun being fired around 2pm on Wednesday, September 4, followed by distress noises from some of the water fowl.
A member of staff at nearby Lakeside Garage also told the mill manager that he heard gunshots coming from the cycle track earlier in the week and another neighbour said she heard similar noises last weekend.
The incidents have been reported to the police, who attended the scene on Wednesday afternoon.
Estate manager Nigel Brown said: "We have made an incredible effort to encourage wildlife in the area not for someone to come along for private practice.
"None of the ducks have been killed but many have been maimed.
"It could well be schoolchildren and it might stop now that the schools have gone back after their summer break.
"The ponds are home to a variety of water fowl including mallards, crested ducks and moorhens and they are sometimes visited by herons and kingfishers."
Mr Brown is also concerned about public safety.
"Somebody could have been walking along the cycle track and could have been seriously injured," he said.
"It is a criminal offence to carry an air gun in public unless it is in a case.
"I hope the community will keep a look out so we can stamp out this problem as soon as possible before any more ducks get hurt."
Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident 271 of September 4.
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