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Swan killed in Bridge Street, Deeping St James

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Residents have been left angry after two swans were run over by a driver.

On Saturday (November 13), the driver of a van hit two swans in Bridge Street, Deeping St James.

A resident of Deeping St James alleged that the driver stopped, moved the dead swan off the road with a box while leaving the injured one at the scene.

The RSPCA logo
The RSPCA logo

An inspector for the RSPCA attended the incident in an attempt to rescue the swans.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “One of the swans had sadly died and the second bird was injured and was rescued by our officer and taken to a wildlife centre as the bird was in shock and had been struggling to stand.

"It is hoped the bird will make a full recovery and will be released back to the wild."

A swan which was killed in Bridge Street, Deeping St James
A swan which was killed in Bridge Street, Deeping St James

The road runs alongside the River Welland with signs in place warning drivers of the wildlife.

Police inspector Gary Stewart said: "If anybody has information of people killing swans by driving at them contact us with the registration plate of the vehicle as well as the type vehicle and colour.

"People also need to ensure they do not exceed the speed limits as they are there for a reason."

Killing swans without permission could incur an unlimited fine, six months imprisonment or both.

As native wild birds, swans also have statutory protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 meaning it is an offence to intentionally injure, take or kill a wild swan, which has been prosecuted against in recent years.

Anyone who sees an injured swan should contact the RSPCA, and should not approach as swans can attack which may cause injury or further distress the bird.

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