Appeal after theft of high value racing pigeons

25 Jan 2018 13:00 PM

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Police have launched an investigation after thieves targeted two separate pigeons coups in Newcastle.

The owners of two different sets of high value racing pigeons have been left devastated after finding their coups had been raided earlier this week.

At about 9.45am Tuesday, January 23, police first received a report that a coup at Jesmond Vale allotments had been targeted and 15 pigeons of carrying breed, worth an estimated £2250 had been stolen.

Enquiries were being carried out at the time, when at about 10am on Wednesday, January 24, police received a report that a second coup had been targeted by thieves in the same location.

This time a further 9 pigeons of the Rowland Janssen breed, worth an estimated £1350, had been taken after entry was forced to their coup at Jesmond Vale allotments.

Police believe that the two thefts could be linked and so are now turning to the public in finding out the identities of those responsible.

PC Dave Lever said: "The owners of these pigeons have been left absolutely devastated after returning to find their birds were missing.

"The locks on both coups have been forced and we do believe the pigeons have either been taken or intentionally set free.

"This is a criminal offence and is being taken seriously by police. They are worth a lot of money and are of huge sentimental value to the owners.

"Anyone with information, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the areas of the two coups on either Monday or Tuesday evening, January 22nd and 23rd, should get in touch with us straight away."

If you have information that could help police then contact officers on 101 quoting reference 350 240118 or by emailing