Rare pigeons stolen after rooftop break-in

Turkish Tumblers like those stolen this week
Turkish Tumblers like those stolen this week

A PIGEON fancier has been left distraught after more than 20 of his beloved birds were stolen.

The victim - who did not want to be named - went to check on his 28 rare Turkish Tumblers before work on Monday morning. But when he turned up at the White Rock rooftop where he keeps them, he realised he had been targeted by thieves.

“I went up to have a look but I could not hear many noise so I knew something was wrong.

“When I got there the shed window had been smashed and the coop was almost completely empty. They had taken 26 birds and just left two babies there. It was terrible”

Turkish Tumblers are named after their unusual flying style and are quite rare in the UK. The victim had built up his collection over the past two years and said the birds he had taken were worth more than £3,000.

“They were very pretty looking things and you put your life into looking after them - feeding them, cleaning out their shed and making sure they have their vitamins and get the right injections. If one gets ill then they all do so you have to be very careful. If you bred them you can make a lot of money but it’s not about that - it’s about the time you put into it. It’s like an addiction. You must be sick in the head to do something like this and it’s very stressful for the two babies that were left because they have lost their parents.”

And he had a message for whoever has his birds.

“Just bring them back and we will draw a line under it and move on. I think they knew what they were getting and I think I know who has got them but they have probably been taken out of Hastings now. There is no way they could sell them locally,” he added.

PC Duncan Cleverley of Hastings Police said the force was aware of the break-in and he said: “This is one of the more unusual thefts reported to us and someone must know where these birds are. If you know anything then please get in touch on 0845 6070999.”