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Hundreds of rare pheasants stolen from Lonsdale Estate

Thieves have stolen hundreds of rare pheasants from a country estate in Oxfordshire.

They took some 750 green pheasants from a pen on the Lonsdale Estate, Kingston Lisle, near Uffington. The bird is also known as the Japanese pheasant.

Officers believe the pheasants, which are small and less than six months old, were stolen to order during the raid overnight on 18 July.

Police said it would have taken an hour to load all the birds into a vehicle.

Investigating officer Pc Darren James said: "This breed is unusual and it is likely they have been stolen for someone.

"I suspect they are being delivered to another estate elsewhere in the country."

Mr James appealed for witnesses.

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