Police still on the hunt for sick pet snatchers

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POLICE are still on the hunt for callous thieves who stole and cut off the heads of chickens belonging to an animal lover.

As previously reported in The News, crooks got into the garden of Alan Ginn’s home, in Beryton Road, Gosport, and stole his nine birds.

Thieves also snatched his rabbit from its cage during the early morning raid on Friday, October 21.

The culprits then dumped the headless bodies of Alan’s chickens back in their cages three days later.

Alan, 60, has installed security lighting since the raid after being advised to by police.

He has also spent £200 for a pen to house 12 new chickens which were given to him by his uncle Gilbert Boniface.

Alan said: ‘The police still haven’t been able to find the culprits.

‘I’ve not heard a thing. I’m still really gutted by what happened. I’ve got the new pen closer to the house because that way I can keep an eye on the chickens. It would be horrible if something awful happened again.

Alan, who suffered a stroke last year after suffering blood clots in his brain five years earlier, added: ‘The culprits haven’t put me off keeping animals. I’m disabled and I live by myself, they are all I have. They keep me company.’

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘The investigation hasn’t been closed as such but at this stage there are no new lines of inquiry.’

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.