Investigation after goose ‘impaled on a pole by youths’ near lake

Investigation after goose ‘impaled on a pole by youths’ near lake
MONTROSE, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Pink footed geese take off to feed from Montrose Basin on November 5, 2014 in Montrose, Scotland. Staff and volunteers at the Scottish Wildlife Trust have recorded more than 78,000 geese arriving to spend the winter in the reserve, eclipsing a previous record, set in 2010, which saw 65,060 geese arrive at the nature reserve. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Police have appealed for information following an incident in which a wild goose was seriously injured in an attack in Co Armagh.

A local group reported the goose had been impaled on a pole during the incident on Friday near the Lakelands area of Craigavon.

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

“Inquiries 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.”




Animal welfare charity the USPCA said it was “shocked and appalled by this senseless act of cruelty”.

Chief executive Nora Smith, said: “This is a horrific sickening case of animal cruelty and we are appalled to hear of such barbaric abuse.

“We cannot comprehend the motives of anyone who can carry out such a brutal attack against a vulnerable animal.

“There can be no justification for this criminal behaviour, and we hope that the perpetrators are brought to justice swiftly.


“Unfortunately this is another stark reminder of the many challenges we are still facing with regards to animal welfare in Northern Ireland.”

The charity appealed for anyone with information to contact them or the police.

The Save Craigavon City Park And Lakes group said on social media the goose had been impaled on a white pole.

The statement added: “These geese are a protected species and any attempt to harm them is a criminal offence.”

By Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website