Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward after a seagull was shot with an object from a catapult in Dorchester.

At around 3.25pm on Sunday 30 January 2022 a group of male and female teenagers were shooting at a seagull using a catapult on Weymouth Avenue.

An injured seagull was taken to the vets by a member of the public.

Officers attended and spoke to a number of people in the group and a catapult was seized from a teenage boy.

Police Constable Paul Diffey, of Dorchester Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This happened in a busy area and I would therefore ask anyone who witnessed anything to please come forward.

“I am appealing to motorists who were travelling along Weymouth Avenue around the relevant time to please check their dashcam for any footage to help our enquiries.

“Finally, I would be keen to speak to the woman who helped by taking the injured seagull to the vet as she may have important information to assist my investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220017140. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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