Post-mortem to be carried out on goose reportedly shot dead in Sandon

12:19 29 February 2016

The goose in his favourite spot. PICTURE: Robert Warner Smith.

The goose in his favourite spot. PICTURE: Robert Warner Smith.

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A post-mortem examination will take place on a goose allegedly killed in a drive-by shooting in Sandon.

Messages were left for the goose.Messages were left for the goose.

The body of the goose, which had to be dug up by police as it was buried, is now in the hands of Royal Veterinary College.

A spokeswoman for Herts police said: “At this stage we are unable to confirm how the goose died. We have no evidence to suggest it was shot, although there are rumours about this. We will be speaking with local people to try to establish if there are any witnesses because at the moment we only have third party reports. If it can be confirmed the bird was shot, this would of course be investigated.

“If a person is found responsible we’d look at interviewing them jointly with the RSPCA.

“The evidence would then be considered as to whether the RSPCA or police would prosecute.​​”

A message for the 'brave' goose.A message for the 'brave' goose.

The death of the goose has sparked national outrage, and two members of the public contacted the BBC’s Jeremy Vine Show on Friday to offer rewards - £250,000 from Peter Hunt in Eastbourne, Sussex, and £25,000 from John Barker in Cambridge to find those responsible.

The Crow previously reported how children have left heartfelt messages since the death of the goose – who would often be seen guiding ducks around the village.

Tree surgeon Billy Crotty, who has had customers in Sandon for the last 14 years, has offered to replace the cherished animal with two other geese that he already owns.

He said: “I was sad to hear about the school kids being so upset about losing the goose of the village pond.

The telephone box was a regular hang-out for the gooseThe telephone box was a regular hang-out for the goose

“I often drove past the goose myself when working in the village.”

Billy is unsure who to go to offer the geese. If you would like to welcome them into the village, then contact Rebecca Day on rebecca.day@archant.co.uk.

RSPCA Inspector Stephen Reeves said: “I am appalled at this alleged incident. It is a reckless and senseless act to shoot a goose in the head at point blank range.

“I would urge anyone in the local area who may have seen this upsetting incident to come forward and to call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018. I would also like to remind everyone that it is illegal under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to intentionally kill or injure any wild bird, and you can be prosecuted.”

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