Man 'beheads' swan at beauty spot in Kent



A man is reportedly beheading swans at a lake in Kent before taking them home to eat.

The man was caught on camera by a friend of local wildlife lover Steve Robinson last week stuffing the body of a swan into his rucksack at Bennett's Lake in Hildenbough, Kent.

Mr Robinson tweeted the pic with the caption: "This b*****d is killing swans in the Tonbridge area. Here he is after putting one in his bag."

According to the Courier, Kent Police confirmed they are investigating a swan reportedly decapitated at Bennett's Lake.

A spokesman told the Daily Mail: "The incident is believed to have taken place at Bennetts Lake on Powder Mills, between 4pm and 4.30pm, on Tuesday 18 March. Enquiries are ongoing but no arrests have been made.

"The offender is described as aged 20 to 30 and 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing a red and black jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms with three black stripes and grey trainers. Carrying a red and black bag."

All swans in England are the property of the Queen, and as such it is illegal to kill them.

According to the Express, the monarchy's swans are marked by a royal Swan Marker, a job still in existence, but it now involves advising organisations on swan welfare and incidents involving swans, such as vandalism.

Anybody with information should contact PC David Parker at Kent Police on 01622 690690 quoting crime reference YY/5653/14.

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