A Common Moorhen has died after it was stoned by a group of men in West Yorkshire. The incident took place at Newmillerdam on 20 January, with one of the stones thrown leaving the moorhen in a critical state. It later died as a result of its injuries.
The group of young men repeatedly threw stones at the bird, leading police to appeal to anyone who has any information on the incident. In a post shared on Facebook, PSCO Colin Starford commented: "Wildlife Crime Team Officers are interested in any information which may assist in identifying a group of young males at Newmillerdam on Sunday 20 January 2019, who were witnessed throwing stones at the wild birds.
"One of the stones hit a Common Moorhen which later died of its injuries. If you saw the males and can help, please contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for a member of the Wildlife Crime Team from Wakefield."