Surrey

Egham animal shootings believed to be linked

Fatal shootings of a swan and a coot and a shooting in which a cat's leg was injured, are believed to have been carried out by the same people.

The attacks, which Surrey Police are treating as animal cruelty, took place at Devil's Lane Lake, Egham.

Police were called after the body of the swan, which had been shot with an air rifle, was found on Saturday. The coot was found on 10 March.

The shot cat had to have an air gun pellet removed by a vet.

Officers are also investigating whether the bodies of four foxes found off Ayebridge Avenue, Egham in February are linked to the shootings.

Three people seen

Two men and a woman were seen in the area at the time the coot was shot.

The first, a slim white man, 5ft 6ins tall, with dark brown hair, was wearing a slate-grey tracksuit with red markings on the front. and carrying a camouflaged fishing rod bag with wheels.

The second man was also white, 6ft tall, with short dark hair and wearing a long dark green or brown jacket, green tracksuit bottoms and carrying a long green or brown bag.

The woman had long brown hair in a ponytail and was wearing jeans and a blue or grey top.

Runnymede neighbourhood police are working with Wildlife Aid and the RSPCA on the investigation.

"The fact that someone could do this to defenceless birds and animals is beyond belief, said Sgt Paul McDowell.

"We are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward as soon as possible."

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