Officers are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a 22-year-old man in Rotherham.
The victim was woken by a man known to him at a property in Station Road, Catcliffe, stating that a group of three men were trying to break into his
vehicle. After travelling to a nearby car park, the victim was then approached by the men who are believed to have been wearing partial face
coverings. They were also thought to have been carrying weapons. Detective Constable Craig Britland, the investigating officer, said: “The victim was subjected to a nasty assault before being put into the back of a car and threatened by two of the men.
Finally, 17 canaries were left to “die a horrible slow death” in a sealed cardboard box.
The RSPCA said the birds were very cold and “all huddled up together” when a member of the public found them at the side of a rural road near Sheffield.
The box was wet-through following rain and the birds had no food.
The RSPCA said it was fortunate they were found before they starved to death or were eaten by other animals.
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