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Police investigate death of birds near canal in Runcorn

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Police investigate death of birds near canal in Runcorn

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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Cheshire Constabulary

POLICE are looking into the potential cause of birds dying close to a canal in Runcorn – with foul play not ruled out.

Officers were called to reports of the birds at an as-of-yet unnamed canal in the town yesterday, Wednesday.

Cheshire Police says a suspicious male was seen in the area beforehand, while anti-social behaviour could also be a factor.

Police are also not ruling out the possibility of bird flu, with the relevant authorities informed.

In an update, the force’s Rural Crime Team said: “I have been to the Runcorn area after concerns of dead birds found near to a canal.

“A suspicious male was seen in the area and also possible anti-social behaviour there too, so at this moment we are uncertain as to the possible cause of death.

“DEFRA has been informed due to possible bird flu as a cause of death, and although bird to human transmission is very low, correct PPE is needed to remove any dead wild birds.

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