RSPCA officer attacked during swan mission

An RSPCA officer was attacked by a group of teenagers whilst trying to rescue a swan, the animal charity has reported.

Animal welfare officer Leanne Honess-Heather was helping a swan who had become tangled in a fishing line when she was approached by five male teenagers in Hull, East Yorkshire.

The incident happened on 21 March at the Rush Lyvars Fishing lake in Hull.

Honess-Heather said: “While the rescue itself was much the same as any other, the reaction from these teenagers was far from it.

“The group were in the park nearby and walked over to see what I was doing. I was on my own and wrestling with the swan on the ground when I asked them to stand back for their and the swan’s sake.”

She added: “They seemed to take offence to this, which led to two of the group spitting directly into my face, going in my mouth and eyes, as they yelled “have Corona b****” at me.

“Like many other frontline services, most of my team are still out during this crisis, trying our best to continue to do our job, tending to, collecting and rescuing injured animals.”

The swan in question had no long-term injuries and after a check up was released back to the river.

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