AN appeal by police for information about stolen game birds in South Derbyshire has been quashed by the owner of the animals.
Derbyshire Police published an appeal asking if anybody knew anything about the theft of 200 young pheasants, which were thought to have been stolen from Catton estate a week ago.
Information from the police suggested that netting around the area had been cut so the offenders could access the site, before making off with the animals.
But when the Mail spoke to the owner of the estate, he said it was more likely the birds had simply flown away from the parkland of their own accord.
He said police had now dropped the case, although it was not possible to gain confirmation of this from Derbyshire Police as the Mail went to press.
Pheasants are common among wild bird populations in the English countryside and often seen at roadsides.