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Appeal following cruelty to wildlife incident in Lyme Regis

Officers investigating an incident where a man reportedly injured a seagull by hitting it with a cricket bat in Lyme Regis are appealing for information.

The incident occurred on Marine Parade, near to Poco Pizza, at around 3.50pm on Sunday 17 July 2022. It was reported that a man swung at the seagull with the cricket bat, causing a broken wing.

The man is described as white, aged in his 50s and around five feet ten inches tall. He is believed to have spoken in a South African accent and was wearing a grey ‘Jim Beam’ T-shirt and a grey hat.

Police Constable Josh Hurwood, of West Dorset police, said: “This was a distressing incident for people to have witnessed, with many young families in the area at the time and we are carrying out an investigation, with support from the RSPCA, to identify the man involved.

“This occurred on the seafront at a busy time of day, and we are appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or who has any information relating to the man’s identity, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email  or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220115158. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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