The RSPCA is appealing for information after a wild bird was shot by a canal in Ellesmere Port.

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The body of a cormorant was found by a member of the public by the canal in Cromwell Road on 30 January.

RSPCA inspector Leanne Cragg said: “It is concerning that a wild bird could have been shot in the area. Attacks like this are serious and we are urging anyone who has any information on the incident to contact us on 0300 123 8018.

“We are grateful to the member of the public who contacted us about this as the public are our eyes and ears.”

In October 2015, the RSPCA appealed for information after 10 wild birds were shot on the same stretch of canal within a few weeks, however no one came forward with information.

The bodies of seven waterfowl, two coots and a moorhen were found with pellet injuries on the stretch of canal between Cromwell Road and the Stanney Mill Lane area of Ellesmere Port.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)