Footprints were left on chickens stamped to death

ALLOTMENTS TARGETED: The allotments at Sutton Bridge which were targeted by youngsters who killed chickens. SG050613-132TW
ALLOTMENTS TARGETED: The allotments at Sutton Bridge which were targeted by youngsters who killed chickens. SG050613-132TW
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Two chickens were stamped to death on an allotment at Sutton Bridge.

Deborah Marsh and her husband, Boggie, say children are to blame for the attack on land behind St Matthew’s Drive.

REPORT THEM: Parish councillor Vicky Hills branded the attack as 'mindless cruelty' and says those responsible should be reported to police. SG310513-224LH

REPORT THEM: Parish councillor Vicky Hills branded the attack as 'mindless cruelty' and says those responsible should be reported to police. SG310513-224LH

Mrs Marsh said: “It was children because I could tell by the footprints – there were footprints on the chickens.”

The couple and their daughter, Shannon (14), hatch chicks at home and take them to the allotment.

The two that were killed were not quite adult but almost on the point of lay.

Mrs Marsh says her daughter is angry and upset about what’s happened.

“It wouldn’t have been so bad if they had actually nicked them, if they wanted to care for them, but just to stamp on them for pure ‘fun’ is beyond belief,” Mrs Marsh said.

The attack happened overnight on May 24/25.

Mrs Marsh said her husband normally leaves the allotment when it gets dark, but he left around 6.30pm on the Friday and a fellow allotment holder alerted them the next day.