Birds stolen in overnight raid on aviary

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A NUMBER of birds have been stolen from an aviary in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park.

Amongst those taken were a parakeet, six cockatiels and six budgies.

Thieves broke into the aviary sometime between 3.30pm on Wednesday, March 30, and 7.50am Thursday, March 31.

Emma Evans, green spaces officer at Northumberland County Council, said: “This is a distressing theft for our park gardeners as well as the volunteers who care for the birds, who are understandably very concerned for the birds welfare.

“Cheeky, a Senegal parakeet who has been at the park for six years, was stolen along with other cockatiels and budgies.

“All of the birds in the Carlisle Park aviary are donated by members of the public who need to rehome their pets and many former owners come back to see their birds in the aviary.

“They will be shocked to hear what has happened.”

The parakeet is worth around £200 and the cockatiels and budgies £5 to £20 each.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Inspector Alison Best said: “I’d appeal for anyone who was in the Carlisle Park area overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and who saw any suspicious vehicles or people to contact police with any information.

“If anyone is offered the birds for sale or knows where they are being kept then I’d ask them to ring police, or Crimestoppers anonymously, and help us to get them back.”

A copper rainfall gauge, supplied by the environment agency and monitored by the park gardeners was also taken during the break-in.

Anyone with any information into the theft is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043043 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.