Tuesday 23 April 2024
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Appeal after fish killed with a lighted cigarette at Nottinghamshire beauty spot

A Councillor has called for witnesses after what he described as an ‘abhorrent’ incident at the pond on Sutton Lawn on Bank Holiday Monday.

A resident got in touch with councillor David Hennigan, who represents Sutton Central and New Cross on Ashfield District Council after a fish was killed by two youths with a lit cigarette.

The Councillor believes the incident is that serious – he has asked the police to investigate.  He is asking anybody who was on the Lawn on Monday 31 May to get in touch with the police on 101 – quoting reference: 298 – 030621.  The incident happened between 1pm-1.30pm.


David said that the fish ‘was caught by two lads before being placed on a rock.  A lit cigarette was placed in the 8 inch fishes’ mouth before being stabbed with it.  The fish was then thrown back into the pond before dying.’

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Councillor Hennigan said, “This was a cruel end to this fishes’ life – it is cruel.  It is abhorrent and frankly a massive concern that anybody is willing to inflict this on our fish.  The lads took photos of the fish as it lay dying.

“I would like to see these sick individuals caught and for them to pay the consequences.  Sutton Lawn was extremely busy on Monday – so there must be more witnesses.  This barbaric killing of a mature fish is extremely sinister and I appeal to park users to help us catch the culprits.”


This is not the first serious incident at the Lawn affecting animals.  In April last year, Ashfield District Council were forced to protect a swan’s next with Heras Fencing after a ‘sickening’ attack when the swan’s nest was set on fire.  The fencing has been repeated again this year as a pre-caution.


Councillor Hennigan continued, “Sutton Lawn is an amazing place – a leisure grounds that are used for people of all ages.  Unfortunately, some individuals let us down.

“I am in regular touch with Ashfield’s Police Chief Inspector Mark Dickson and our Council’s Community Protection Team to increase patrols at the Lawn including the pond and tennis courts.  I must make it clear that Sutton Lawn is an extremely safe and popular place to be.  We are occasionally let down by idiots and that’s why in the case of the dead fish we need to investigate.”

Inspector Mark Dickson, district commander for Ashfield, said: “We have been made aware of this incident and would like to speak to anyone who may have additional information about what happened.

“We are also appalled by this report and are keen to track down the individuals involved. As the summer goes on we’ll be maintaining a regular presence at Sutton Lawn and other parks in the district to deter antisocial behaviour and ensure that all our open spaces remain a pleasant and welcoming environment for everyone. So if you do have concerns please contact us by calling 101, visiting our social media pages, or speaking to an officer when you see them.”

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