Thug’s gun threats after shooting swan

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A teenage thug shot a swan dead at a South Yorkshire pond – then threatened to turn the gun on an eyewitness, police have revealed.

The bird is believed to have been shot with an air rifle while it was nesting at a pond behind Carcroft Enterprise Park in Doncaster.

A police spokesman said: “The offenders are described as one white teenage male, who spoke with a local accent, and two white boys aged around 10.

“It is believed the teenager fired the weapon, then told an eyewitness he would shoot him next.”

Anyone with information about the swan incident – which happened three months ago on Friday, April 19, but the details of which have only just been released – is urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

n Police have moved to calm fears over gun incidents in South Yorkshire after figures showed hundreds of people have been shot in the last five years.

Chief Inspector Caroline Rollit, who leads South Yorkshire Police’s firearms unit, said: “There is nothing to show a spike in real problems.”

The Star discovered 278 people have been shot and hurt – 54 seriously – in the last five years.