Police warning issued as chicken thieves go on rampage in Norfolk

Be wary of cheap meat, officers warn

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Chicken thieves are ruffling feathers in Norfolk, prompting police to release a warning to poultry owners.

More than 120 chickens have been stolen from gardens across the county in the last two months alone and police believe many are destined for the slaughterhouse.

In two thefts in Thurton and Loddon, 51 birds were taken and 30 more disappeared from a home in Bergh Apton.

Homes in Stockton, Costessey, Ditchingham, Hardwick and Easton have also been targeted, according to Norfolk Constabulary.

Chief Inspector Stuart Armes, the commander for South Norfolk, said: “We have seen a significant rise recently in the number of chickens being stolen from gardens.

"I would encourage anyone that keeps chickens to review their security and be on their guard against anyone who suddenly shows an interest in their birds.

“We would also be interested to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity, including being offered cheap chickens for eating or breeding.”