Swan Found Dead After Being Hit With A Crossbow In Antrim

A swan has been found dead after being hit with a crossbow in Co Antrim.

On Antrim Town Facebook page, an image showed the animal at Loughshore with a crossbow bolt protruding from its head.

A search was carried out, however it was discovered dead on Tuesday, 12 December.

Alliance Councillor Neil Kelly condemned the attack.
News Image
He said: "It is disgusting someone would apparently attack a defenceless animal and in such a way. Anyone who would do so is clearly a dangerous individual.

"The seeming use of such a serious weapon as a crossbow lends this incident an even more sinister edge. This vile brutality towards animals should have no place in a decent society and it's difficult to comprehend the mind of someone who would willingly partake in such behaviour.

"I would encourage anyone who has information on this incident to report it to police immediately so the perpetrator can hopefully be stopped from carrying out any further similar incidents."


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 March 2002
USPCA calls on Assembly to consider crossbow regulation
The USPCA has called on the Assembly to take action on the issue of crossbows following what the animal welfare organisation described as an "appalling" attack on a horse. The Clydesdale horse was found with a metal bolt lodged in its jaw, having been grazing on the Creggan estate when it was attacked.
15 February 2008
Destruction Order On Pit Bulls 'Dogged By Controversy'
An attack by a Staffordshire bull terrier in North Yorkshire - yesterday, which seriously injured a 10-year-old girl - has underlined the danger of such animals.
23 October 2017
Man's Body Found In Co Antrim
A 36-year-old man has been arrested after a man's body was found in Co Antrim. His body was discovered on Townhill Road at around 10am on Sunday, 22 October. A post-mortem is to be carried out and his death is being treated as suspicious. Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: "The local community has been left in shock by this news.
11 August 2016
Investigation Launched After Man Fires Crossbow At Van In Co Antrim
Police have launched an investigation after a masked man fired a crossbow at a van in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. The attack happened in the forecourt of a petrol station at Prince Andrew Way on Tuesday, 09 August. Two men who were in the van at the time escaped injury.
08 January 2007
Suspected arson attack in County Antrim
Police in County Antrim have appealed for information following a suspected arson attack at the weekend. The incident happened at around 3.45am yesterday morning, when a shed at a property in the Woodside View area of Dunmurry, was set alight. The fire then spread to the house, where the family were asleep inside.
25 October 2006
'Racist' attack on County Antrim home
Police are treating a petrol bomb attack on a house in County Antrim in the early hours of this morning as racist. The incident happened shortly before 1.30am, when a device was thrown through the front living room window of the property occupied by a Lithuanian family in the Kilgreel Road area of Antrim.
18 October 2006
Petrol bomb attack on County Antrim home
Police are investigating a suspected arson attack on a house in County Antrim yesterday evening. Following a detailed forensic examination of the scene earlier today, police have confirmed that the remains of two petrol bombs were found. The devices have since been removed for further examination.
09 September 2015
Man Armed With Crossbow Arrested In Antrim
A man, believed to have been armed with a crossbow, has been arrested in the Central Park area of Antrim. The 41-year-old has been detained on suspicion of Class B drugs and threats to kill and assault police. Detectives were called to an address after receiving a report of a man armed with a crossbow on Tuesday evening.
31 August 2007
County Antrim Man Jailed For Seven Years
A County Antrim man has been jailed for seven years for crimes including an assault on a 58-year-old woman. Richard Alexander McPhee, 39, from Station Road in Armoy beat the woman with a baseball bat and was also part of a gang of three masked men who smashed their way into a couple’s home.
08 September 2006
Man dies in paragliding incident
The man who died during a paragliding incident in County Antrim yesterday evening has been named. He was Kelvin Adams, 53, from Ballytober Road in Bushmills. An air and sea rescue operation was launched by emergency services shortly before 8pm, after Mr Adams' paraglider crashed into rocks at the White Rocks area of Portrush.
17 August 2004
Woman's body found on north Antrim coast
A post mortem examination is to be carried out on the body of a woman who was found along the north Antrim coast yesterday. The body was discovered by a member of the public near Portballintrae at around 4.30pm. However, police do not suspect foul play.
23 May 2014
Man Charged With Attempted Murder Following Crossbow Attack
A man has been charged with attempted murder following a crossbow attack in south Belfast on Wednesday evening. A 29-year-old man was shot with a crossbow while he was in a parked car in the Belgravia Avenue area. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. A woman was also in the car at the time of the attack but was not injured.
04 April 2012
Man Charged With Crossbow Attack
A 32-year-old man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon in relation to a crossbow attack at a Belfast nightclub. A bolt was fired from the weapon outside Rain, on Tomb Street, shortly after 11pm on Wednesday 11 January. No one was injured in the incident, but damage was caused to a window of the building.
16 October 2017
Investigation Launched After Boy Dies In Co Antrim
Police have launched an investigation after an 11-year-old boy died in an incident in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim. The boy sustained 'lacerations' and it is believed he may have been attacked by the family dog. A man is being questioned by the police.
11 October 2017
Rocket Launcher Discovered In Co Antrim
The PSNI have launched an investigation after a rocket launcher and other terrorist related items were discovered in Dundrod, Co Antrim. Detectives received reports of a suspicious object in the Budore Road area at around 5.30pm on Sunday, 08 October.