Couple devastated after 25 chickens and three geese stolen near Barnstaple
A couple have been left devastated after they believe their 25 chickens and three geese were stolen from their home near Barnstaple last night.
Gail and Darren Johnson, who live in Gunn, only realised the theft had happened when Darren went to feed the animals this morning.
The Johnsons have previously had to deal with being given extra animals rather than them being taken away after they were the victims of a strange case of fly tipping in 2011.
The couple had 11 live cockerels dumped on their land which they then looked after.
But now they are coming to terms with the fact they have lost the birds which they considered to be family pets.
Gail, 49, said: "It must have made quite a noise because we have the geese for security more than anything and a lot of people are scared of them, the chickens were for the eggs.
"We didn't realise until Darren went down to feed them this morning and the shed had obviously been broken into.
"The geese, two girls and a boy, we called Garry and the girls, they are pets really.
"We had originally got the hens from the Welfare Hen Trust about two years ago and we got the geese about three years ago."
Gail said none of the couple's cockerels have been stolen because after they had built a shed for them back in 2011 a fox then killed all of them but two.
One of the cockerels which survived died soon after and the last remaining of the original 11 is now living with a friend of the Johnsons.
Gail said the couple have been in contact with the police who are looking into the incident.