'Sickening and vile' attack sees eggs smashed at Manea pit
A parish council is calling for the toughest penalties to be imposed on those responsible for a "vile and sickening" act of vandalism.
Manea councillors are outraged over two incidents involving the destruction of birds eggs at the village pit in recent weeks.
At their September meeting members discussed the attacks, the latest of which saw a clutch of duck's eggs destroyed just as the chicks were ready to hatch.
Alan Melton, parish clerk, said the eggs had been thrown and smashed onto a fishing deck at the pit in Park Road.
Council chairman Councillor Steve Emery said: "The incidents are vile and sickening."
The incidents have been reported to police and the council is calling on anyone with information to either contact the clerk or the police by calling 101.
Councillors agreed to push for the maximum penalty - which is a £5,000 fine -to be imposed on those responsible when they are caught.
Members also emphasised the need for dog owners to keep their pets under control when walking round the pit after separate reports that a terrier type dog, off the lead, had caught and killed a moor hen.
Mr Melton said: "The council agrees this is totally unacceptable. It's frightening for children and other pit users to witness this kind of incident. The dog walker should be thoroughly ashamed, as should the perpetrators who smashed the eggs."