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Appeal after show chickens and show cockerels stolen - Stanford in the Vale

Friday 10 March 2017, 10:43am

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after show chickens and show cockerels were stolen in Stanford in the Vale.

A total of ten cockerels and five chickens were stolen from outbuildings in Sheards Lane between about 7.30pm on Monday and 5am on Tuesday (7/3).

The offenders also stole three homemade show boxes that the victim used to transport the animals to shows.

Investigating officer, PC Tom Pryor of the neighbourhood team said: “The chickens and cockerels have great sentimental value to the victim, who has displayed the birds at many shows across the country.  Two of the chickens taken were part of the bloodline that the victim has bred for several decades.

“The chickens are much smaller and slighter than an ordinary chicken. They are various colours ranging grey to black and bronze.

“The victim is extremely worried that the animals have been stolen for cock fighting.

“The total approximate value of the cockerels and chickens are £1,000.

“The show boxes that were stolen are unique in that they were made out of Moet Champagne wooden boxes and had the owner’s name written on the top of them.

“We believe there may have been three offenders, all male, who were wearing hooded tops. If you saw anyone behaving suspiciously or saw or heard anything unusual in the area on Monday night into the early hours of Tuesday morning, please contact police.

“The victim was also targeted two years ago today (9/3/15) when three chickens were taken but unfortunately the offenders have not been located.

“If anyone has been offered to buy the birds or the show boxes, or has any information about the theft please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”


Notes to editors – The victim is willing to speak to the media. To request the victim’s contact details please email

Media Team
(01865) 542047

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