Cops hunt grey-haired jogger who killed a baby swan by kicking it out of the way in Richmond Park

POLICE are on the hunt for a man who killed a newly hatched baby swan while jogging in London’s Richmond Park. 

The cygnet, who died earlier today, was taken into the care of a nearby sanctuary following the incident on Monday evening. 

The jogger is believed to have kicked the baby bird out of his way instead of going around it. 

The “desperately poorly”  bird was feared to have brain damage before it passed away today.

Met Police officers for the Royal Parks have issued an appeal for witnesses.

They say the suspect is a white male around 60 years old, 5ft 6in and was wearing black running shorts and a vest at the time. 

The man has also been described as baling and had a logo on his running top. 

The Royal Police added in a post to their Twitter page today that the suspect was seen kicking another cygnet “which thankfully managed to escape to the water.”

The incident happened around 5.30 pm on Monday evening at the Pen Ponds area in the middle of the south-west London park.

Police said they spoke to staff at the Swan Sanctuary, based in Shepperton, Middlesex, who said the cygnet was "still desperately poorly".

The injuries that the bird sustained were described by police as "too severe".

Did you see this man? Any witnesses should call 07920 586546 and quote reference 0705738/20.





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