Thieves steal 90 turkeys from farm in ‘very rare’ poultry raid

A gang of thieves swooped on a Cornwall farm and stole hundreds of pounds worth of turkeys.

Devon and Cornwall Police said 90 live turkeys were taken in a raid on a farm near Newquay.

The raiders smashed their way into a farm building and plucked 60 bronze turkeys and 30 white geese.

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Officers fear the thieves will try to sell on the birds on the black market ahead of the festive season.

Three cordless drills, spanners and socket sets and other power tools were also taken in the raid.

The burglary happened sometime between overnight Monday (15 September) on a farm in the Lane area of Newquay.

A police spokesman said: “Between 10.30pm on Monday 14 September and 8.30am on Tuesday 15 September a burglary was committed on a farm in the Lane area of Newquay.

“Entry was forced to a farm building and also gained to an unsecured barn on the farm.”

The spokesman added: “These birds were nearly fully grown.

“Due to the large numbers of poultry stolen, it is likely that the offenders used a lorry or horse box to transport them away from the farm.

“This type of offence involving the theft of large numbers of poultry is very rare.”

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact Newquay police on 101 quoting reference CR/064484/15.