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Hunt for East Ilsley duck killer continues

“Somebody knows," says parish council chairman

Chris Ord

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Chris Ord

Residents outraged after ducks shot in East Ilsley

THE identity of the person who killed three ducks at East Ilsley pond remains a mystery, according to the parish council.

The ducks were shot by an unknown gunman in March, causing outrage among village residents.

Police have since been investigating the incident but as yet have drawn a blank in tracking down the culprit.

At a recent meeting of East Ilsley Parish Council, chairman Roger Hick explained to members of the public that the hunt for the killer was still on.

He said: “I’ve been trying to get an answer from the police but as yet the answer is: They have no further leads to pursue.

“They don’t know and we [the parish council] don’t know.

“I had hoped to get a different answer – that they would get some information on which they could act but the police have got nothing.”

He added: “Somebody knows – it’s gone underground really.”

Meanwhile, one suspect has been cleared of any involvement after being questioned by the police.

Mark Ling, from Compton, was hauled in by Thames Valley Police after his name had been given to officers.

However, the 34-year-old ground maintenance supervisor has now been told he is no longer under investigation.

“I was wrongly accused,” he told the Newbury Weekly News. “There were five officers at my house.

“They took my firearms away from me, took my father’s firearms and they took me to the station, but I told them I don’t have a clue who’s to blame.

“They’ve got descriptions, but I look nothing like them.

“You hear the stories and hear people talking about you, saying you’re the one who shot the ducks in the pond, but I just want to clear my name.”

It is thought the killings, at the end of March, may have been carried out as part of a cull.

The issue of the ducks causing a problem in the pond had been discussed at a previous meeting of the parish council, however no decisions had been made.

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