Warning for fanciers as local loft is raided

CULLYBACKEY fancier James Anderson had the shock of his life over the weekend when he discovered a break-in to his lofts in the rear gardens and all his top racers and stock birds taken.

There has been a spate of break-ins in the North Antrim area over recent weeks, previously it was prize hens that were being taken.

While there is no reason to believe the thefts are connected, it just leaves the owners with a lot of un-necessary stress, and gives the sport a bad name.

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James had been so looking forward to this season’s top races including the famous Kings Cup where he had some hope of maybe doing well.

Although Jimmy now is an advanced age the loft has a long history of top success, he has previously won the Old Bird and Young Bird derbies with the NIPA and has a long list of top National positions through to France.

Now he only keeps a small number of birds and likes to enter a few in a select number of events, just 16 birds were taken and two others killed and left in the loft.

The young bird section of the loft was not touched, it looked liked the culprits knew what they were looking for.

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They will be hardly pleased to hear the whole episode was caught on a number of cameras and are now part of the PSNI investigation. It happened around 11pm on Friday night and took just eight minutes.

The Ring Number of all birds missing will be published very soon, if anyone can help they are asked to contact the police.

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