Allotment break-in arrest

Billy Hornsey in the Mail on Saturday
Billy Hornsey in the Mail on Saturday

POLICE investigating a sickening allotment break-in that saw pigeons impaled on a fence have made an arrest.

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 on Saturday 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.

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

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police arrested a 48-year-old Hartlepool man on suspicion of burglary.

“He has been bailed pending further inquiries.”

The vandalism is thought to have happened on 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 had 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.