89 Birds stolen in Brownhills aviary raid

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Examples of some of the stolen birds. Image supplied by Walsall Police.

Words fail me – last Friday, 30th September 2016, 89 cage birds were stolen from a disabled man’s aviary in Clayhanger Lane, Brownhills.

Walsall Police issued the following press release:

We are appealing for information after almost 90 precious birds were stolen from a disabled man’s back garden in Brownhills.

A mixture of siberian goldfinches, canaries, redpolls and siskins were snatched from a specially kitted out shed near Clayhanger Lane in Clayhanger, last Friday (30 September).

A total of 89 birds worth more than £3,500 were taken along with cages, seed and water pots in the early hours of the morning.

Thieves are believed to have climbed into the garden and smashed locks to get to the pets – then cruelly left just one behind.

Distraught bird owner Alan Blewitt – who suffers from motor-neurone disease – has been collecting and breeding birds for more than 40 years and discovered they had all but gone at just after 7am.

The 57 year-old said: ‘I am devastated, it feels like I have lost part of my family. The birds have been a huge part of my life.

‘I would spend most of the day in the shed; feeding and giving water to them, cleaning out the cages. I am desperate to get them back as they mean so much to me.’

Anyone who has been offered birds for sale recently, or has information, can call 101 ext 889 3108

What a horrible, despicable act. Please, if you know who these thieves are, do contact police. What a dreadful thing to do to a disabled man.These people are utter scum.

You can call 101, contact Walsall Police in a variety of ways here or call Crimestoppers in confidence here.

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7 Responses to 89 Birds stolen in Brownhills aviary raid

  1. Kev says:

    These are my uncles birds hope he gets them back

  2. Sheila Norris ( nee Jones) says:

    Horrified by the theft and feel sadness for the owner, but also shocked that our native wild birds such as redpolls, siskins, goldfinches etc. can be kept in an aviary. These are the birds I see at my local nature reserve flying wild and free. They visit my bird feeders in winter too. Makes me sad to think of them in captivity. Sorry.

  3. Mo says:

    THESE BIRDS ARE MY FRIENDS BIRDS…SO MUCH A HUGE PART OF HIS LIFE..INHAVE NEVER SEEN BIRDS SO LOOKED AFTER AND LOVED AS THESE…I HOPE SOMEONE COMES FORWARD TO REUNITE ..MY FRIEND IS DISABLED AND WOULDNT HURT A FLY HE HAS A HEART IF GOLD.

  4. DW says:

    Absolute disgrace what a bunch of scumbags, its ine thing to steal somebodys car or their tools, but to steal birds, really?, heres hoping they get caught and get exactly what they deserve, the story has been shared on our facebook page, stubbers green prevention and care page, anything we can do to help let us know

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