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Newark Advertiser reader's letter: A senseless act of cruelty

I WAS saddened to hear about the senseless behaviour of an owl being killed at Sconce and Devon Park (Operation Sets Sights On Wildlife Shootings, Advertiser, June 3).

It followed reports of youths armed with catapults.

We all have to be more vigilant. We all need to stop this bad behaviour.


This senseless behaviour is unacceptable and I would urge anyone who may see anything like this happening to contact the police on 101.

If anyone has knowledge of young people actively taking part in these senseless past times, please contact the police, with names and school details if possible.

The law is clear that if someone is carrying a catapult with intent to cause injury, he may be liable to prosecution under Section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953, which makes it an offence to carry an offensive weapon in public without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

Let’s be urging parents, guardians together with teachers to look and listen out for this behaviour posted on social media to get likes.

I will be visiting Sconce and Devon Park over the summer months. If you would like to join me with a campaign of action with a volunteer patrol at the park, please get in touch via Laurence.goff@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk ­— LAURENCE GOFF, Devon ward member, Newark and Sherwood District Council, and Newark Deputy Town Mayor.

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