RSPCA appeal after Thamesmead thugs 'destroy' swan's nest and 'kill' mother

This Is Local London: Source: Chris Waite Source: Chris Waite

Thugs appear to have destroyed a swan's nest in Thamesmead and killed the mother bird.

News Shopper has received multiple reports of youngsters being seen throwing rocks at a mute swan's nest in Southmere Lake on Wednesday.

It appears the female adult swan was killed and the eggs destroyed in the alleged attack.

Chris Waite, who took this picture, posted on Facebook: "Just sickening, why throw rocks at swans eggs...no need for this at all, the mother swan is also dead...well done — at Southmere Lake."

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "It is extremely sad and frustrating to hear a swan at Southmere Lake has allegedly been killed by someone or some people throwing rocks at it and the bird's nest.

"Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a swan. Punishment can include a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months."

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.

Call the newsroom on 01689 885703 or email dkeel@london.newsquest.co.uk

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1:26pm Sat 31 May 14

CaskMaster says...

I was horrified on Thursday to see this destruction, my wife and I had been taking our grandson on frequent visits to see the swan and eggs and he enjoyed feeding her and waiting for the great day the eggs hatched.

This too my knowledge is the second time this has happened at Southmere Lake and I'm not sure how, but think we should offer these birds more protection.

If anyone can help with information on these thugs, they need help or at least they will do if I catch them. Pass any info to the police, this is a hateful and disturbing crime.
I was horrified on Thursday to see this destruction, my wife and I had been taking our grandson on frequent visits to see the swan and eggs and he enjoyed feeding her and waiting for the great day the eggs hatched. This too my knowledge is the second time this has happened at Southmere Lake and I'm not sure how, but think we should offer these birds more protection. If anyone can help with information on these thugs, they need help or at least they will do if I catch them. Pass any info to the police, this is a hateful and disturbing crime. CaskMaster
  • Score: 47

1:35pm Sat 31 May 14

reasonable75 says...

Half term, I expect the little thugs were bored (got nuffin 2 do innit) so they go out to get their kicks by vandalism & killing animals

Even if they get caught, despite what the RSPCA say, they'll get a slap on the wrist
Half term, I expect the little thugs were bored (got nuffin 2 do innit) so they go out to get their kicks by vandalism & killing animals Even if they get caught, despite what the RSPCA say, they'll get a slap on the wrist reasonable75
  • Score: 25

2:39pm Sat 31 May 14

sarfflondonbird says...

I cannot believe that this is what this country is turning out these days..............wh
at on earth is going on with the brains of these feral scum? They must be totally brain dead by the sound of things.
I do hope the RSPCA and other authorities are going to try and start tightening up on procedures to protect these and ALL other creatures safety (and I am not referring to the feral scum here).
It is so upsetting to see how humans can be so brutal and darn right nasty towards innocent creatures in this day and age. I hope karma comes back to kick these little g1ts up the backside with a massive size 12, and keep on kicking em.
I cannot believe that this is what this country is turning out these days..............wh at on earth is going on with the brains of these feral scum? They must be totally brain dead by the sound of things. I do hope the RSPCA and other authorities are going to try and start tightening up on procedures to protect these and ALL other creatures safety (and I am not referring to the feral scum here). It is so upsetting to see how humans can be so brutal and darn right nasty towards innocent creatures in this day and age. I hope karma comes back to kick these little g1ts up the backside with a massive size 12, and keep on kicking em. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 35

3:55pm Sat 31 May 14

Marty1979 says...

So why didn't the people who witnessed it happening call the police?

And swans mate for life,so the male will probably die
So why didn't the people who witnessed it happening call the police? And swans mate for life,so the male will probably die Marty1979
  • Score: 20

4:28pm Sat 31 May 14

Gypo.Joe says...

reasonable75 wrote:
Half term, I expect the little thugs were bored (got nuffin 2 do innit) so they go out to get their kicks by vandalism & killing animals

Even if they get caught, despite what the RSPCA say, they'll get a slap on the wrist
Dead right there, half term dahn the mead, If it weren't this it would be stealing motor bikes or cars and burning them out when they get bored.
People wont get involved for fear of the little fookers, and if you touched them you end up getting ya own collar felt.
[quote][p][bold]reasonable75[/bold] wrote: Half term, I expect the little thugs were bored (got nuffin 2 do innit) so they go out to get their kicks by vandalism & killing animals Even if they get caught, despite what the RSPCA say, they'll get a slap on the wrist[/p][/quote]Dead right there, half term dahn the mead, If it weren't this it would be stealing motor bikes or cars and burning them out when they get bored. People wont get involved for fear of the little fookers, and if you touched them you end up getting ya own collar felt. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -4

7:21pm Sat 31 May 14

Joelo says...

Prob had something to do with the idiots on southmere lake with the jet ski's.

The police attended the other day spoke to them and did nothing! What else can decent people do? Police not interested, gallions not interested.
Prob had something to do with the idiots on southmere lake with the jet ski's. The police attended the other day spoke to them and did nothing! What else can decent people do? Police not interested, gallions not interested. Joelo
  • Score: 30

4:27pm Sun 1 Jun 14

bmgpets says...

If they catch them they should be made to stand against the wall and let animal lovers throw rocks at them.

All swans belong to the Queen. Something has to be done about these waste of space scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If they catch them they should be made to stand against the wall and let animal lovers throw rocks at them. All swans belong to the Queen. Something has to be done about these waste of space scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bmgpets
  • Score: 25

4:56pm Sun 1 Jun 14

gorgeousgussie says...

Horrible. But what's with the inverted commas in the story title round destroy and kill? Either the nest was destroyed or it wasn't, either the swan was killed or it wasn't. Get your grammar straight, NS!
Horrible. But what's with the inverted commas in the story title round destroy and kill? Either the nest was destroyed or it wasn't, either the swan was killed or it wasn't. Get your grammar straight, NS! gorgeousgussie
  • Score: 14

8:32pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch says...

Gallions have become a joke around here and are totally useless, there's been lots of jetskis and anti social behaviour last month on the lake everybody is sick of it but gallions do nothing no matter how many times I or others report it the story even appeared on the 21st may.

they should do regular patrols of the lake and actually respond to call outs after all its about the only good thing about this **** hole after gallions destroyed the kiddys park.

Anyone reading my comment who is thinking of moving here don't you will regret it.
Gallions have become a joke around here and are totally useless, there's been lots of jetskis and anti social behaviour last month on the lake everybody is sick of it but gallions do nothing no matter how many times I or others report it the story even appeared on the 21st may. they should do regular patrols of the lake and actually respond to call outs after all its about the only good thing about this **** hole after gallions destroyed the kiddys park. Anyone reading my comment who is thinking of moving here don't you will regret it. Thamesmeadneighbourhoodwatch
  • Score: 35

12:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

the wall says...

bmgpets wrote:
If they catch them they should be made to stand against the wall and let animal lovers throw rocks at them.

All swans belong to the Queen. Something has to be done about these waste of space scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All swans belong to the Queen. No they don't.
[quote][p][bold]bmgpets[/bold] wrote: If they catch them they should be made to stand against the wall and let animal lovers throw rocks at them. All swans belong to the Queen. Something has to be done about these waste of space scum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]All swans belong to the Queen. No they don't. the wall
  • Score: -5

4:06pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bevangirl says...

Yes, yes, yes, Bmgpets, let animal lovers get hold of the morons. I'm not a young person but by God I would give them a good hammering if I could get hold of the brainless little twits. We must have more detention centres to throw them in - and I don't mean centres where they have computers, t.v's and all home comforts. I hope they need help one day ......
Yes, yes, yes, Bmgpets, let animal lovers get hold of the morons. I'm not a young person but by God I would give them a good hammering if I could get hold of the brainless little twits. We must have more detention centres to throw them in - and I don't mean centres where they have computers, t.v's and all home comforts. I hope they need help one day ...... Bevangirl
  • Score: 9

9:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ripnetuk says...

I have to say I hate it when poncing scum who live off our taxes commit inhumane and cruel acts against innocent animals. How come these uncivilized people are allowed to roam free doing this kind of thing???

like this cnut:

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-26105706

or this sadistic person:

http://www.independe
nt.co.uk/news/royals
-shooting-passion-dr
aws-bad-blood-131528
3.html

lets get these people in prison /NOW/

and once we have done that, maybe round up the wayward person who killed ##1## swan. Once. While the aforementioned dicks are allowed to do ti again and again.
I have to say I hate it when poncing scum who live off our taxes commit inhumane and cruel acts against innocent animals. How come these uncivilized people are allowed to roam free doing this kind of thing??? like this cnut: http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-26105706 or this sadistic person: http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/royals -shooting-passion-dr aws-bad-blood-131528 3.html lets get these people in prison /NOW/ and once we have done that, maybe round up the wayward person who killed ##1## swan. Once. While the aforementioned dicks are allowed to do ti again and again. ripnetuk
  • Score: 6

11:19pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BexLee says...

I expect the parents of these little angels were either p*ssing it up in the pub or getting some new tattoos done.
What Scum kids, spawn of scum parents.
I expect the parents of these little angels were either p*ssing it up in the pub or getting some new tattoos done. What Scum kids, spawn of scum parents. BexLee
  • Score: 0

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