Bird targeted in County Durham airgun attacks
The RSPCA is appealing for information following a spate of airgun attacks on birds in County Durham.
More than 20 starlings, crows, pigeons and sparrows have been found injured or dead in the North Crescent area of Peterlee in the past month.
All were found with wounds to their wings, heads and bodies caused by airgun pellets.
People are being reminded that anyone found guilty of killing or injuring a wild bird faces a maximum £5,000 fine.
RSPCA inspector Michelle Penny said: "Someone in the area has been deliberately targeting wild birds and we need to find out who is behind the attacks.
"If anyone has seen someone acting suspiciously with an air gun or has any information about these attacks, they should contact the RSPCA immediately."