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Grand Union Canal bird deaths investigated by police

Further tests are being carried out after 10 dead birds were found by the Grand Union Canal in Buckinghamshire.

One mute swan, two mallards and seven moorhens were found on a disused stretch from Wharf Road in Wendover to Brookside in Halton.

Police are investigating and said a pellet was found in one bird.

Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, which helped retrieve the bodies found on Saturday, said it did not look like a freak accident.

No pollutants

Clare Campbell, of the Haddenham-based hospital, said the bodies were spread over "the best part of a mile".

"The swan was from a family unit that the public know well," she said.

"There was no sign of any pollutants so it did not look like a freak incident.

"The area is well used by the public so I hope we get closure by finding out who has done it from a human point of view as well."

Thames Valley Police wildlife crime officer, PC Dean Kingham, said the area was popular with walkers and urged anyone with information to come forward.

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