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Published Monday, 16 April 2018

Up to £1,000 worth of damage has been caused to Abington Park’s popular bird aviary after a hole was cut in the side of one of the cages.

The hole, which was discovered on Wednesday, 11 April, was large enough for a number of the birds residing in the cage, to escape.

This is the second time a hole has been cut into the cage, where canaries, are kept alongside other bird breeds which are domesticated and not able to look after themselves in the wild.

A temporary cover has been added to the hole, whilst arrangements are being made for the cage to be repaired.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “This deliberate damage to one of Abington Park’s much loved attractions is unacceptable.

 “As well as the cost of repairs, it is important to remember that the birds kept in the cages are not wild and are likely to struggle to survive if not located and caught again.

“Anyone who has any information regarding the damage caused to the aviary is encouraged to contact Northamptonshire Police, who are investigating the incident.”

If you have any information about this matter, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting the incident number: 1830162081

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