This arrived in my e-mail inbox yesterday, via Bideford Freecycle:
OFFER: WARNING re animal theft and killing
Worth passing on I think...keep safe people...xFrom Rosalind - Taunton area. I would like to place a warning on theFreecycle sites, as so many of us now keep Chickens etc. Last week, avery distressing incident took place, my enclosure was broken into andall my ducks slaughtered. The perpetrator was a Polish Migrant Workerand the Police say that this is happening a lot now. I would thereforelike to warn other people, to secure your enclosures and keep an eye onall ouside animals, as it seems we need to guard against more than justthe fox. The Police advise securing runs and if possible take allanimals in at night, so please, to save yourselves the distress I havebeen through, be extra vigilant. Thank you for posting this.
I am not saying that this didn't happen, but there is something terribly folkloric about it. For some reason it strikes the same chord with me as the stories of urban foxhunters, or Russian soldiers with snow on their boots. Even if it is true, I bet my next quarter's royalties that it becomes folklore within a couple of years...