Pigeon owner distraught by theft of prized birds

Pigeon fancier, Harry McCloy. (Submitted Picture).

Pigeon fancier, Harry McCloy. (Submitted Picture).

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A successful pigeon racer from Cullybackey says he is devastated after dozens of his prized birds were stolen in a weekend raid.

Police are investigating the theft of around 50 racing pigeons worth thousands of pounds from premises in Cullybackey sometime between Friday, June 12, and Saturday, June 13.

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Harry McCloy, 44, of Granagh Road, called in the police after stock worth at least £8,000 was taken and has said he would consider putting up a reward for information leading to the return of the birds.

Being homing pigeons the birds will return to his rural location if they are let out so he believes the thieves will try to keep them captive and be used for breeding.

Constable Chris Glasgow said: “Thirty eight of the pigeons are for racing and the total value of the birds taken is thought to be around £8,000. If you have any information on the theft please contact Ballymena police on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.”