May 10, 2012 3.47 pm This story is over 144 months old

Gang kicks and spits on duck in St Marks

Animal cruelty: Gang attacks, kicks and spits on duck in Lincoln city centre.

Ducks usually stray from the Brayford onto the green in St Marks

A gang of four young men attacked, kicked and spat on a duck in St Marks in Lincoln on Tuesday evening, according to eyewitness reports.

The men were spotted attacking the duck near the sports shop in St Marks at around 8.15 pm on May 8.

They were reportedly kicking the duck against a wall and they were also spitting on it.

The four young men were described as being of Eastern European origin and confronted an eyewitness who tried to intervene.

The witness said he was shocked that passers-by were just ignoring it and felt he had to do something.

The gang reportedly swore at the man, racially abused him and tried to follow him home.

RSPCA in Lincoln also say they have picked up a duck on Monday night after it had been kicked in an apparently separate attack in the area.

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “The RSPCA is always concerned to hear of incidents of animal cruelty and we would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding any incidents to contact the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”

The attack on the duck happened close to Firth Road, where a swan was bludgeoned to death by three men in March.

They beat the swan to death with a stick containing nails before putting it in the back of the van and driving off.