Birds stolen from Staffordshire aviary

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A Siberian pied brown finch was among the 24 birds stolen

Valuable birds worth more than £8,000 have been stolen from an aviary in Staffordshire.

Police said the specially bred birds, including a Siberian pied brown finch, were taken from the Belgrave area of Tamworth between 21:30 BST on Sunday and 08:30 on Monday.

Twenty-four birds were stolen, all of them ringed.

Officers said a white bullfinch with pink eyes was thought to be one of only three of its kind in the world.

PC Jamie Sargent, from Staffordshire Police, appealed for anyone with information on the theft to come forward, particularly breeders or pet shops that might have been offered the birds for sale.

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