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Four charged over swan shootings

Swans: The family in Withybush Woods (pic. The Herald)

FOLLOWING the shooting of three swans in Haverfordwest in October 2016, four people have now been charged it was revealed today (Feb 15).

The four people have been charged with four offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Firearms Act 1964.

Those charged include three man, aged 32, 23 and 19, as well as a 13-year-old.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police have charged four people following an investigation in to the shooting of three swans at Withybush Woods, Haverfordwest.

“On October 22 2016 Dyfed Powys Police received reports that two swans, who were nesting near the pond in the woods, had been shot dead, and a third swan, a baby, had also been injured. The young swan was put to sleep as a result of its injuries.

“As a result of police investigations four people (three men, aged 23, 32 and 19, and a 13-year-old) have been charged with four offences under the Firearms Act 1968 and four offences under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. All four are due to appear in court at a later date.”

The family of swans had lived at the woods for over two years.

The women who found the swans said that ducks who also lived in the woods were no longer there as a result of the shooting.

Iolo Williams, the Welsh nature TV presenter, condemned the shooting saying: “Swans, particularly urban swans, bring so much joy to so many people. It’s tragic that someone has attacked and killed the Haverfordwest swans and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“This is an act of mindless thuggery that has robbed the town of some of its most lovable characters”