Devon

Totnes double swans' egg theft investigated by police

Mute swan
Image caption Swans, their nests and eggs are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Eggs have been taken from a swan's nest that has been raided twice in one breeding season.

The thief is thought to have used a rolled up piece of carpet or cardboard to protect their arm as they stole the eggs from the nest in Totnes, Devon.

The first clutch was stolen sometime after 28 February. The swan later laid another clutch and an attempt was made to steal them as well, said police.

Swans, their nests and eggs are protected by law.

It is believed the thief may have been scared off during the second raid, because two of the eggs were later found abandoned near the nest, on Riverside Walk.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "A wildlife crime officer is investigating the thefts and disturbances under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, a conviction which can carry a custodial sentence."

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