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Residents continue to find rat poison scattered around Diss




Residents are are at a loss after even more rat poison was once found scattered around a popular walking spot.

Days after speaking to the Diss Express, pensioners Carol Morris and Gwen Synclair were furious to find more rat poison had been placed down again near their homes in Ensign Way on Saturday – this time strategically placed on top of bird feed in a clear effort to kill the feral chicken population that roams the area.

Speaking again to the Diss Express on Tuesday, Mrs Morris insisted that CCTV had to be put up in order to prevent anybody from being harmed.

Diss, Norfolk, 12/08/2020..Gwen Synclair with some of the rat poison that has been mysteriously placed alongside a walkway near their homes on Ensign Walk, Diss, which she suspects is to kill the cockerels that live there...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40335406)
Diss, Norfolk, 12/08/2020..Gwen Synclair with some of the rat poison that has been mysteriously placed alongside a walkway near their homes on Ensign Walk, Diss, which she suspects is to kill the cockerels that live there...Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY. (40335406)

“In my mind, we have to put a camera up,” said the 72-year-old. It’s the only way we are going to find whoever is doing this.”

Mrs Sinclair added: “If a camera was there, it might do some good, but who would put it up?”

“I just don’t understand the logic in why anyone would do this. What could be there reason for doing this? They have to be some sort of animal hater.”

After spotting the poison at about 7.30pm, Mrs Morris and Mrs Synclair collected up the hazardous poison and have kept it in a container in Mrs Synclair’s garage.

“The police have told us not to touch it, but if we don’t then it would still be there.”

Prior to Saturday, Mrs Morris had found the poison scattered around on three separate occasions on July 24, 28, and 30.

Last week, South Norfolk councillor Keith Kiddie condemned the putting down of rat poison, calling it “monstrously irresponsible”.

“You’ve got people walking their dogs and small children playing around there,” said the councillor for the Diss and Roydon ward.

“It’s monstrously irresponsible for people to put down rat poison. It’s designed to kill – full stop.

“I get that people are frustrated that the chicken problem isn’t solved, but to whoever is putting down rat poison, our message is please stop, now.”

After the latest incident on Saturday, Mrs Sinclair added that she is not convinced more rat poison will continue to be found.

“Hopefully it won’t happen again, but you just don’t know,” added the 74-year-old.

Anyone with any information can contact Suffolk Police on 101, quoting the crime reference number 492-0808-20.



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