We have launched an investigation into the apparent intentional killing of a juvenile swan in Westham, East Sussex on Saturday (5 October).

Shocked witnesses saw a brown Toyota or Mitsubishi pickup stop next to the pond on the High Street at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon, as a large cygnet was in the road.

The driver sounded his horn at least twice but when the swan didn’t move, the car appeared to deliberately drive over the cygnet – killing it. What is even more horrifying is that they were heard laughing loudly immediately after killing the cygnet.

RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley said:

Local people have been sickened by the incident. This happened in full view of several families feeding the ducks – children were left in tears and there is still blood on the road where it happened today.


“I am keen to hear from anyone who has any information regarding this incident to call me immediately on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The occupants of the vehicle are described as between 50-60yrs old, white, male and wearing checked shirts. The driver was wearing a flat cap.

Can you help?

Anyone with information about the driver of the car should contact our inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.

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