A MAN was caught on camera kicking a swan in a public park.
Police said those who viewed the footage were “appalled”.
An officer issued a warning after footage was spotted on social media of the man kicking a swan at Shinewater Park in Eastbourne.
He was arrested and questioned in July as part of a police investigation into an offense under the S1 Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 in which a wild bird was deliberately injured.
The offense carries a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and/or a fine, but the man was only given a warning as he expressed full remorse and had not previously been treated for a wildlife offence.
“Several factors – aggravating and mitigating – are considered in addition to the evidence supporting the crime when deciding on an appropriate outcome for a crime,” a police spokesman said.
“People who watched the video clip were understandably appalled by the behavior.
“Also, fortunately, the swan was not seriously injured and was able to escape.”
Later that month police received reports of two dogs attacking a swan in Chichester.
A member of the public videotaped the crime.
The dogs’ owners have since been questioned by the Rural Crime Team and admitted to being responsible for the animals at the time of the incident.
They have both received official conditional police warnings, part of which is to donate a reasonable amount of money to a bird conservation organization in the area where the matter took place.
Meanwhile, the West Rural Crime Team received a report of sheep being attacked at a farm near Burgess Hill after a dog escaped from a residential building.
The dog’s owner was identified and received an official police order to pay compensation to the farmer in the matter.
The owner had also taken steps to enroll the dog in cattle training classes.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20608475.man-caught-camera-kicking-swan-shinewater-park-eastbourne/?ref=rss Man caught on camera kicking a swan in Shinewater Park, Eastbourne