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Two boys, 11 and 12, charged after animals die in alleged college break-in

Two boys, 11 and 12, have been charged with animal cruelty and burglary.

The allegations relate to reports of a break-in at Capel Manor College, in Gunnersbury Park, west London, during which a number of animals died.

Staff said that the incident, which took place on 25 February, left a number of enclosures damaged.

Now the two children are due to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on 14 March.

A barn owl called Shiraz escaped during the alleged break-in but has since been recovered at a warehouse near Heathrow Airport.

The missing barn owl, Shiraz. Pic: PA
Image: The missing barn owl, Shiraz, was found at a warehouse near Heathrow Airport. Pic: PA

In a previous statement, police said: “On Sunday 25 February we received a report that several animals had been killed and animal closures had been damaged at Capel Manor College.

“Officers visited the scene and viewed CCTV footage. A forensic examination was also carried out.”

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Police are still appealing for witnesses and anyone with any information.

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