Burston smallholder’s fears after farm birds shot

Smallholder Nicola Johns has had a duck and a guinea fowl shot leading to fears over more random attacks.   Pictured: Nicola Johns and son Jake ANL-150204-084119009
Smallholder Nicola Johns has had a duck and a guinea fowl shot leading to fears over more random attacks. Pictured: Nicola Johns and son Jake ANL-150204-084119009
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Two farm birds randomly shot at a smallholding in Burston have prompted fears those responsible could return, and even endanger people’s lives.

Last week Nicola Johns found her cherished Aylesbury duck dead, killed by what she imagined was a high powered rifle, due to the state of its body.

And on Monday this week a guinea fowl was also found shot, but alive, and she is now attempting to nurse it to health, although she was not convinced it would live.

She keeps many different animals, including sheep, geese, chickens and even rheas - similar to ostriches - which has added to the worry.

Miss Johns, who runs the six-and-a-half acre smallholding with her partner Jerry Schaay, said: “It has quite upset me. It is important to me that we keep our animals safe and not for someone to come along and start taking pot shots at our animals.

“We can’t understand how someone would have the mentality to do this.

“The thing that worries me more is that my son plays there too.”

She said the adjacent Green Lane was used by walkers, so was also concerned about public safety.

Miss Johns added: “We just want to find out who did this. This was just for fun - it was pot-shotting at innocent animals.”

She was also worried about her lambs which were being brought on for sale, and the cost if she lost one.

Norfolk police said that the first incident happened between 3pm on March 17 and 9.30am March 18, where the Aylesbury duck was believed to have been shot with an air rifle.

The second incident happened between 2pm on Sunday, and 2pm on Monday, where a guinea fowl was also shot with an air rifle.
Anyone with information about the incidents at the smallholding, off Common Road, is asked to contact PCSO Jamie Burgess on 101.