Five chickens donated to Reading primary school after theft

Chickens have been donated to a Reading school to replace five birds stolen on Saturday.

CCTV images showed a man entering the Ridgeway Primary School with a rucksack and stealing the chickens, which the children had hand-reared from eggs.

Jackie Rowberry, who supplies animals for TV and films, heard about the story and decided to donate five hens.

She said: "I was outraged. The kids were ever so upset. It's Christmas and we can spare a few chickens."

Five egg-laying brown hens will be handed over to the children later this month.

'Over the moon'

Deputy head Naomi Tate called the theft a "tragedy" which had left the pupils "devastated".

When told of the gift of the chickens, as well as an invitation to the children to visit Ms Rowberry's reindeer, she said: "That is absolutely fantastic, the kids will be over the moon."

Thames Valley police said they were reviewing the CCTV footage of the burglary.

They appealed for witnesses and said the thief was white, in his late teens or early 20s and wearing dark trousers, trainers and a khaki-coloured jacket with the hood up.

Pupils had named the chickens and looked after them on a daily rota.

Parents and helpers had also volunteered their weekends and school holidays to care for the pets.

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