UPDATE: Orpington primary school pupils 'deeply hurt' after school's chickens are stolen

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A group of Orpington primary school pupils are "deeply hurt" after the school's chicken coop was ransacked and the four chickens it housed stolen.

The chickens disappeared overnight from the garden of St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary School, St Paul's Wood Road, last Thursday (June 12).

The school's devastated pupils won them, alongside school catering company Eden, in a borough-wide competition promoting healthy eating in May.

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The birds are 17 weeks old and have only been at the school since June 3.

Headteacher Joanna Seymour described the event as an "act of vandalism" and said the loss of the poultry - named Petra, Paula, Theresa and Bernadette - was "tragic".

She added: "The children had worked hard with the school catering company Eden and won this fantastic prize to support their learning.

"During the night cruel vandals broke into the school grounds, smashed the hen house and took the chickens.

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"This mindless act has upset all the children who had worked so hard for their prize, naming them after the school houses and taking responsibility for the care and feeding of them. 

"They were far more than just school pets, they were a key feature of the children's outside learning and play.

"The vandals have created a very sad atmosphere in the school and the children are deeply hurt by their actions."

A police spokesman said: "Police are investigating a burglary that occurred overnight between June 12 and 13 at the St Peter and St Paul Primary School, St Paul’s Wood Hill, Orpington in which a hen house was damaged and four chickens stolen.

"No arrests have been made to date and enquiries continue."

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Anyone with any information should contact Bromley police on 101 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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10:22am Fri 13 Jun 14

highway warrior says...

by vandals or foxes?? I detect a serious hint of fowl play.....
by vandals or foxes?? I detect a serious hint of fowl play..... highway warrior
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10:24am Fri 13 Jun 14

Enigma says...

What does the fox say?
What does the fox say? Enigma
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10:55am Fri 13 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

highway warrior wrote:
by vandals or foxes?? I detect a serious hint of fowl play.....
I'm very surprised that the NS haven't automatically blamed foxes. They have a bit of a hate campaign against them.
[quote][p][bold]highway warrior[/bold] wrote: by vandals or foxes?? I detect a serious hint of fowl play.....[/p][/quote]I'm very surprised that the NS haven't automatically blamed foxes. They have a bit of a hate campaign against them. PaulErith
  • Score: 4

2:40pm Fri 13 Jun 14

rojo174 says...

I detest foxes,they are filthy vermin and should be taken to Orpington and exterminated
I detest foxes,they are filthy vermin and should be taken to Orpington and exterminated rojo174
  • Score: -7

1:14pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Shelly80 says...

My son goes to this school, u can see from the picture that the side of the coop has been smashed in! So no way was it foxes it was no people up to no good that have upset a lot of children!
My son goes to this school, u can see from the picture that the side of the coop has been smashed in! So no way was it foxes it was no people up to no good that have upset a lot of children! Shelly80
  • Score: 21

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