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Goose impaled with ‘white pole’ by young people near Craigavon Lakes

The goose was last seen in the middle of the lake 'flapping around and crying out with the pole still attached'

Craigavon Lakes

An investigation is underway after a goose was impaled with a white pole by young people at the Craigavon Lakes yesterday (Friday).

It happened at around 15.30pm close to the Lakelands area.

Police have since confirmed they are investigating reports of the animal being attacked and seriously injured.

The horrifying incident was highlighted by the Save Craigavon City Park and Lakes group, who took to socal media to express their disgust.

They say the attack was carried out by two young males, potentially in their teens, who ran off when they were interrupted by a resident.

The goose was last seen in the middle of the lake “flapping around and crying out with the pole still attached”.

The post read: “The USPCA and the police have been informed. The males were white, with dark hair, looked curlyish, and we believe they had a smallish dog with them and one was carrying a blue rope.

“We assume they must have brought the white pole with them too so may have been carrying that around with them. They ran off towards the leisure centre.

“If anyone seen this or can help identify these evil monsters, please get in touch with us, the USPCA or the police. These geese are a protected species and any attempt to harm them is a criminal offence.”

A spokesperson for the PSNI added: “Police received a report of youths attacking and seriously injuring a goose in the Lakelands area of Craigavon shortly before 4pm on Friday 17th┬áMay.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with CCTV or other footage that could assist police is asked to get in touch on 101 quoting reference 1162 of 17/05/24.”

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