The RSPCA is appealing for information after a magpie and blackbird were shot and killed in the same Burton street within the same two weeks. 
The body of the wild bird was found in a garden in Kingsdale Croft, in Stretton, on Tuesday 20 September, with a bullet wound in his body.
A body of a blackbird, which had also been shot, was found in the street earlier this month.
RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant said: “It is obviously very concerning that these birds are being shot, possibly by someone for fun. Such unnecessary and callous attacks can cause a lot of pain and distress to birds, and are often fatal such as in this case. It is extremely worrying that three birds have been attacked on different occasions, possibly by the same person.

“It is so upsetting to think that people may take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenseless animals. These are acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offences.

“We would also like to remind people that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs, unless under licence. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and a £5,000 fine.”

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018 or call Staffordshire police on 101.

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