Police warn against vigilante action against duckling hit-and-run driver

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Police person urged the nationalist against immoderate vigilante actions aft the registration of a operator who allegedly ran implicit a brood of ducklings was published online.

Staffordshire constabulary confirmed it is investigating a Facebook station which claimed that astatine slightest 3 ducklings were killed connected Friday astatine a roundabout successful Trentham adjacent Stoke-on-Trent. The station claimed they were killed by the operator of a achromatic transit van who allegedly ignored different drivers who were waiting for the ducks to transverse the road.

The licence sheet of the van was wide circulated connected Twitter and Facebook implicit the weekend, prompting wide maltreatment of the van’s operator and calls to hunt them down.

In a connection Staffordshire constabulary said it understood “this is an emotive contented for many” but added: “We inquire delight that bash not instrumentality matters into your ain hands.”

It said it had contacted the writer of the archetypal station and are “establishing imaginable offences nether the Wildlife and Countryside Act”.

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The archetypal post, by Facebook idiosyncratic Steven Walley, said: “I’ve conscionable been driving connected the A34 astatine Trentham Gardens roundabout erstwhile a household of 7 ducklings were crossing the road.

“All the postulation stopped to fto them transverse but disgustingly this van driver, aft initially stopping, could not past hold for the 5 seconds it would person taken to fto them transverse and drove consecutive implicit them, crushing 3 of them.”

Walley said helium followed the van to a adjacent layby, and had what helium described arsenic a “very heated conversation” with the driver. The operator allegedly told Walley: “I don’t fucking care.”

Pictures of the van and 3 dormant duckings accompanied the post.

Walley’s station was wide shared connected Twitter by carnal payment campaigner Dominic Dyer who described the operator arsenic a “selfish cruel idiot”.

Walley has been approached for comment.

In a connection the RSPCA said: “We recognize constabulary are looking into this shocking incident. We’d impulse anyone who has first-hand accusation astir this to interaction section constabulary connected 101 oregon our cruelty enactment connected 0300 1234 999.”