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Pigeon Cull Denied By Council

Monday September 30 2013

A PIGEON cull has been denied by Barnsley Council after a police sergeant suggested a CCTV system had been damaged by an organised shooting of the birds.

Andy Bagshaw said he was willing to 'bet 10p' that cameras in Penistone's market barn had been affected by air rifle pellets after members of the public raised concerns about the equipment not working and suspicions that some wires had been cut.

Cllr Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesman, said no shootings had taken place at Penistone market.

"Following complaints from Penistone businesses regarding pigeons roosting and fouling and the large population of pigeons around the market barn, a bird handler flew a Harris hawk in the area, which acted as a natural deterrent," she said.

But Sgt Bagshaw said pigeons were killed last Wednesday.

"They were going to use hawks but some pigeons aren't afraid of hawks so they used air rifles and shot them.

"A stray air rifle pellet could have cut the wires. I’ll bet you 10p it's been done by an air rifle."

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Reply Posted by grumpy on Monday September 30 2013 at 20:05
Kill em all, flying rats.

Reply Posted by little sprout on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 13:40
It's not just the pigeons that want culling in this town!

Reply Posted by kelly on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 17:26
they not arming anybody some sick people killing animals not there fault there born u woulldnt go killing people if they too many of us would u no u woulndt

Reply Posted by mustafa on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 17:59
I'd kill your spelling LOL

Reply Posted by freddie on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 18:07
Some indoctrinated Wabers would gladly cull immigrants, benefit claimants, pensioners etc because the Sun and Daily Mail and other rags have convinced them that they are the reason that all their extremely hard work in jobs they really don't like is so ill rewarded is because this lovely government is forced to overtax them to pay for benefits for the undeserving poor. Unfortunately it seems that we are much nearer 1930's Germany than we have ever been before. Shame.

Reply Posted by Martin Parker on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 18:53
How about culling smack heads instead? A waste of NHS time and money, the pigeons aren't harming anyone at all yet the smackrats Rob people to pay for it.

Reply Posted by shaggy on Tuesday October 1 2013 at 19:14
Eyup shag, how we get started on culling smackrats, I'd be up for that.

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday October 6 2013 at 20:30
After recently fighting the third opium war to ensure we control the global heroin supply?
Our leaders need illegal drugs, widespread addiction and petty theft to distract us and others from the real crimes and injustice in the country and also globally.

How about a regulated supply for pennies, and addicts working like other normal folk that frequent the pubs. The Victorians were smacked off their tits and they had an industrial revolution, they liked a drink too!

Reply Posted by anon on Sunday October 6 2013 at 20:11
Freddie. you want culling. you seem to have a sack of tattys on ur shoulder never mind a chip.get real u moron .

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday October 6 2013 at 20:36
Shooting pigeons is a poor method of control - it is a very short term fix, the food source they utilise remains, and it's generally the least healthy ones that get shot, so the healthy ones go on to breed, and breed in abundance due to an abundant food supply (no longer having to compete with the unhealthy pigeons).

Making Greggs a sit down restaurant would do more to reduce the pigeon problem, than shooting pigeons.

Reply Posted by barry on Sunday October 6 2013 at 20:47
10p tight c##t

Reply Posted by Dale Latham on Monday October 7 2013 at 08:48
There's nothing wrong with pigeons. If it wasn't for pigeons we'd have probably lost the second world war. Pigeons were used to carry messages over enemy lines to the resistance in occupied France.
Pigeons should be protected.

Reply Posted by valliant on Monday October 7 2013 at 17:14
ring dan thornton aka the pigeon detective