Duck killer hunted by police

NMAC11-2921-6'Rufford Country Park Mill pond. A mallard duck takes a rest.
NMAC11-2921-6'Rufford Country Park Mill pond. A mallard duck takes a rest.

Nine ducks were mown down by a motorist in an incident police are describing as ‘callous and careless’.

Police are hunting a motorist who is believed to have killed nine ducks near Pateley Bridge.

The nine mallard ducks were mown down by a car on the B6165 just outside the village of Wilsill and left dead on the carriageway.

PC Bill Hickson, of Pateley Bridge Police said: “This is a terrible example of careless driving.

“The ducks were clearly visible and the motorist responsible will have had every opportunity to slow down and pass them with care.”

He added: “This careless and callous incident has angered and upset many local people and I am urging anyone who can help identify the person responsible to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers with information.”

Officers investigating the incident say minutes before the ducks were found dead, they had been seen alive together at the side of the road.

Deliberately killing or injuring a wild bird is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Anyone who can help officers to identify the person responsible for this incident is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Bill Hickson or Pateley Bridge police.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to bill.hickson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.