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.