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RSPCA investigate after poaching net kills swan at Lynford Lake

Investigations have begun into the use of an illegal poaching net in Lynford Lake after two swans got caught up in it, killing one of them.

The pair of swans were spotted on March 3 by concerned members of the public at the lake, which is on Forestry England land and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The birds were out in the middle of the lake and one appeared entangled and distressed and sadly seemed to be dragging a dead swan along in the netting they were both caught in.

The netting used at Lynford Lakes, which the swans were caught up in. (45938939)
The netting used at Lynford Lakes, which the swans were caught up in. (45938939)

RSPCA Inspector Jon Knight who is investigating the incident said: “We are grateful to firefighters for rescuing this poor swan as this bird would never have been able to get free from the netting by themselves.

“It is really upsetting that another swan has likely died as a result of this netting in the water - especially given that it should never have been there. The netting was of some considerable size and was extremely heavy - which is why the poor swans could not escape."

“I am investigating this incident and would urge anyone who has any information to contact me on the RSPCA inspector appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

Alternatively, call Thetford Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101 alternatively report information online at www.norfolk.police.uk.

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