Lancashire

Chick-killing youths at Blackburn farm escape court action

Four youths who admitted their roles in slaughtering more than 100 newborn chickens with bricks at a Lancashire farm have escaped going to court.

The three-day-old chicks were found dead in their pen at Knuzden Brook Poultry Farm in Blackburn in April.

Police said a 17-year-old youth was given a final warning over the incident, while three others aged 15, 16 and 17 were given reprimands.

They also took part in a restorative justice scheme.

Lancashire Constabulary said the scheme involved the youths meeting with the RSPCA and the farmers.

The decision meant they did not have to face a court, with a reprimand usually given for a relatively minor offence, while a final warning is recorded against the offender and requires them to work with a Youth Offending Team.

It is believed bricks were thrown at the birds to kill them in the attack on 12 April.

The offenders were disturbed by a farm employee near the pen entrance and ran away.

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