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£1,000 worth of budgies stolen from garden in Firsby, Lincolnshire

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

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A 64-YEAR-OLD woman from Firsby has been left heartbroken after more than 50 pet budgies were stolen from her garden.

Maureen Ellis of Station Road, has told the Target she has been left too scared to keep animals outside again after the break-in.

She said: "I have been breeding my birds as a hobby for years and was devastated to come across the open aviary.

"I'm quite a light sleeper and can't believe that they managed to walk past my bedroom and steal so many birds."

"I happened to be awake at 4.30am on Tuesday, January 15, and heard a noise that I put down to my chickens in their pen and now looking back I suppose that could have been them."

Offenders broke into the rear of the property and cut through the aviary wire to reach the birds.

Maureen added: "My property is very sheltered and I don't like to think it is anyone I know that stole the birds but unless you know me you wouldn't know about my animals. I certainly do believe that the budgies were stolen to be sold on as there is easily up to £1,000 of stock.

"I can't even claim from my insurance for the birds as livestock aren't covered."

Maureen is urging anyone that is offered a large amount of birds to contact the police.

She added: "There is no way I will be breeding budgies again as I can't stand the thought of this happening again.

"I'm absolutely heartbroken and I am thinking of selling my chickens as I don't feel that they are safe here anymore."

Anyone with information is being urged to call Lincolnshire Police on 101 with incident number 83 of January 15.

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  • P_Ellis  |  February 02 2013, 12:15PM

    Dear Roadscource You are commenting without any knowledge of the person or the set up of the aviary! I would suggest that you find out the facts before leaving such sarcastic and imbocilic comments! You are obviously a totaly unsympathetic, uninformed person with nothing better do than make fun of other peoples misfortunes!

  • jubie  |  January 25 2013, 10:33PM

    i glad that you find this a laughing matter! for your information the budgies had a heater in the avery and just becase something is outside doesnt mean it cant be stolen! i do hope that you dont ever have to experiance a break in, in the future.

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  • Roadscource  |  January 25 2013, 3:49PM

    "Feel sorry for the old dear but not impressed at keeping tropical birds outside during winter" Perhaps the RSPB "collected" them.

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  • impetuous  |  January 25 2013, 1:14PM

    Feel sorry for the old dear but not impressed at keeping tropical birds outside during winter.

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  • TB78WHlNE  |  January 25 2013, 12:40PM

    Much to my chagrin, I see I'm going to have explain to Roadrash something that most children can understand. Again. break in: to enter premises forcibly or illegally premises: land and the buildings on it (like, ooh, let's see... an aviary, for example) http://tinyurl.com/a9ortsc http://tinyurl.com/arpxlxo

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  • Roadscource  |  January 25 2013, 12:18PM

    "she has been left too scared to keep animals outside again after the break-in" Isnt something outside just that, outside? I thought a break in was required for stuff indoors? These budgies must be pretty hardy to withstand sub zero temperatures, maybe they froze solid and shattered.

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  • dickley  |  January 25 2013, 9:32AM

    " So, if you're offered a flock of budgies going cheep. ring PC Prettyboy at your local nick.

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