Thursday 14 December 2017

Alpacas Bill and Ben attacked by raiders

Bill and Ben, two alpacas who were victim of an 'unprovoked and mindless' attack in their enclosure in Haslingden, Lancashire.
Bill and Ben, two alpacas who were victim of an 'unprovoked and mindless' attack in their enclosure in Haslingden, Lancashire.
Footage of two men launching the attack
Officers have launched an appeal for information

Two raiders launched an "unprovoked and mindless" attack on two alpacas named Bill and Ben.

CCTV footage captured the offenders throwing plastic chairs and a wooden bench at the animals in their enclosure in Haslingden, Lancashire.

The incident happened at about 10.15pm on August 4 when two men went into the grounds of Danesmoor Nursing Home in Helmshore Road.

The two men threw a large wooden bench and two plastic garden chairs at the alpacas, while one of the men entered the enclosure and chased them around with a broken chair leg.

Bill and Ben were not seriously hurt and have been given a clean bill of health by vets, said police.

The two brothers have lived at the home for about five years since they were babies.

Community Beat Manager Pc Claire Scott said: "This unprovoked and mindless attack on two defenceless animals is a disgrace to say the least and we will do all we can to identify these men.

"Bill and Ben are there for the elderly residents to enjoy and this sort of behaviour is simply intolerable. It beggars belief that anyone would find this amusing.

"If you know anything at all about this or recognise the men in the CCTV then please contact us."

Anyone with information should call police on 01706 237367 or email : 3944@lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log number 1503 of August 4.

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