Fury over callous slaughter of birds

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THE SLAUGHTER of two chickens in a sickening attack at an allotment-site in Hucknall has sparked anger among gardeners.

An anonymous tip-off alerted the Dispatch to news that the animals were killed at the Wighay Allotments (pictured), which run between Annesley Road and Washdyke Lane.

It is alleged that the chickens were stabbed by a callous thug using a garden fork. One of the birds was even pinned against the side of a shed.

The attack is the latest in a long line of anti-social behaviour, vandalism and fires targeted at the long-standing allotments.

A Dispatch source, who has a plot at the site but has asked to remain anonymous, said: “There is no community spirit on this site.

“We’ve had shed fires, break-ins and goods stolen from our allotments. But this is sickening and now it all has to stop.”

The Dispatch understands that the chickens belonged to a young man who maintains a plot at the Annesley Road end of the site.

Our source added: “The owner of the chickens helps everyone else by giving up his time. He was very upset.

“How could anyone do anything like this?”

The secretary of the allotments association, Michael Severn, said he didn’t know the young man but had been told about the killing of at least one chicken.

He said: “As for the motivation, I haven’t the faintest idea.”

Only last month, the Dispatch reported on an arson attack that destroyed four sheds at the allotments.

Gardeners complained that they had suffered tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage and thefts in recent years. Up to 15 sheds were broken into in one night.

At the time, Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, pledged extra patrols.

It is not known whether the RSPCA has been alerted to the slaughter of the chickens.

But anyone with information is asked to ring the police on the force’s non-emergency number of 101.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.