No action after man is freed

A MAN arrested after a sickening allotment break-in that saw pigeons impaled on a fence has been released without charge.

A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary after animals were killed in Chester Road allotments, in Hartlepool.

The Hartlepool Mail reported how eight pigeons had been slaughtered, with two being put on spikes next to a path that youngsters use to walk to Jesmond Gardens Primary School on Friday, March 2.

A chicken had also been beheaded and thrown onto a playing field while another is missing.

The man was quizzed by police and bailed pending further inquiries, but officers have now confirmed no further action will be taken against him.

A Cleveland Police spokesman also added that no further arrests have been made.

The vandalism is thought to have happened on the Thursday night or early the following morning.

An intruder had peeled back a fence surrounding the plots on a path between Thornhill Gardens and Jesmond Gardens.

They got into an allotment belonging to 73-year-old Billy Hornsey, where the chickens were attacked.

The granddad called the slaughter “scandalous”.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to ring Hartlepool Police on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.