'Return my pet geese' plea to thief

The owner of a popular coastal caf� and crab shop has made a heart-felt appeal for the return of three geese taken from her allotment.The snatched birds belonged to Suzanne McKnespiey who runs Cookies Crab Shop at Salthouse with husband Peter, and are of sentimental rather than re-sale value.

The owner of a popular coastal caf� and crab shop has made a heart-felt appeal for the return of three geese taken from her allotment.

The snatched birds belonged to Suzanne McKnespiey who runs Cookies Crab Shop at Salthouse with husband Peter, and are of sentimental rather than re-sale value.

They were kept on the family allotment further along the coast road, and were hatched from eggs by her late father Jack Cooke under a surrogate mother bantam hen 21 years ago.

'I took them over when dad died 16 years ago. The oldest is as big as a swan. He has arthritis and I massage his leg in the mornings,' said Mrs McKnespiey.


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'I don't know who took them or why. It certainly wasn't a fox, which might have killed one on the spot but could not carry away three.'

The theft of the birds, which are mainly white though one has a few black feathers, happened between 8.30am and 4pm on Monday.

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Mrs McKnespiey thinks it happened in the morning as the geese's iceberg lettuce breakfast was untouched. She added: 'If anyone has a conscience they should bring them back.'

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or with information should contact the Sheringham Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 456 4567 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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