A man was forced to hand over his air rifle after he was caught shooting pigeons in Ernesettle.

Officers say they tracked the man down after locals raised the alarm over the incident, which is being investigated by wildlife officers.

One resident, who wished to stay anonymous, said the man had a “massive air rifle” and was “shooting the pigeons” in her street.

A police spokesman said: “Police were called to an address in Ernesettle Plymouth, following reports of a man attempting to shoot pigeons with an air rifle Monday morning, August 28.

“A suspect was identified and he handed over his rifle and ammunition when visited by local officers.

“Wildlife officers are investigating this incident under the wildlife and countryside act along with support from the RSPCA.”

An eyewitness suggested that the man with the rifle had lived on the street for years but that she was worried to approach him, unsure as to what he would do.

She added that “he was out there for ages shooting these birds for fun” and she was “worried about people’s pets in the area”.

Anyone with more details regarding the incident can call 101 and quote crime reference number CR/073493/17.


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