Hunt for illegal bird shoot gang

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Police are hunting a gang of men who were spotted illegally shooting birds in the Lancashire countryside.

Three men were spotted on Glasson Marsh, near Morecambe, shooting at birds.

Upset witnesses said one gull was shot and thrown up in the air repeatedly and used for target practice.

Three shots were also fired at a Red-Breasted Merganser, and a small bird was shot and killed near the water’s edge.

Now police in Morecambe are encouraging anyone with information about the offence to get in touch.

And they want people in the area to be vigilant and report any other offences to them.

PC Antony Marsh said: “Glasson Marsh is a unique location and is popular with bird watchers and widely used by legitimate wildfowlers.

“We are working closely with these groups to identify these irresponsible and cruel individuals.

“I would remind people that Gulls and Red-Breasted Mergansers are not lawful quarry species.

“Lancashire Constabulary takes wildlife crime very seriously and we will take positive action against such offenders under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.”

Lancaster District Birdwatching Society and Morecambe Bay Wildfowling Association have today also both condemned the incident.

The offence is took place on January 31.

Details were today released by police in a bid to bring more witnesses forward.

The three men are all described as white.

One of them was around 6ft tall and the other two were shorter at about 5ft 8in tall.

The taller man was dressed in full camouflage and one of the other men was wearing a camouflage jacket and blue trousers, possibly overalls.

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.