York & North Yorkshire

Yorkshire Dales ducks killed by 'callous' motorist

Nine ducks have been "mown down" by a motorist in the Yorkshire Dales, police have said.

The mallards were killed on the B6165 just outside the village of Wilsill near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire Police said.

PC Bill Hickson said: "This careless and callous incident has angered and upset many local people."

He urged anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened on 18 September, to contact police.

Minutes before the ducks were found dead in the carriageway, they had been seen alive together at the side of the road.

"The ducks were clearly visible and the motorist responsible will have had every opportunity to slow down and pass them with care," said PC Hickson.

"This is a terrible example of careless driving and I am urging anyone who can help identify the person responsible to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers with information."

Deliberately killing or injuring a wild bird is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

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