Yobs shot geese on Caldon Canal
ARMED police were called to a canal after two youths were seen shooting at geese.
Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to the Baddeley Green stretch of the Caldon Canal but failed to catch the suspects.
A police helicopter was also deployed while officers tried to track down the two offenders.
It is thought they used air rifles to shoot at the geese before fleeing the scene.
It is not yet known if the geese were killed following the incident which happened at around 5pm on Saturday.
Police last night said they had identified one of the two people involved but were yet to make any arrests.
Meanwhile, residents said they were left disgusted by the incident.
Eighty five-year-old Jack Grantham, who walks along the canal three times a week, said the site is a popular meeting place for gangs of youths.
Mr Grantham, of Stockton Brook, said: "There are always people under the bridges who have caused problems before. I tell them to go away, but they take no notice of me.
"Ducks and geese have been killed before and it is not right because they are innocent animals."
Dog-walker Andrew Cartlidge, said: "When the police catch them they should line them up and do the same to them and see how they like it."
The 44-year-old, of Norton Green, added: "It is a shame that things like this happen but there is no way of stopping it unless there is a police officer patrolling the canal."
Forty seven-year-old Lawrence Poole, of Baddeley Green added: "I saw the police helicopter hovering over the canal and wondered what was going on.
"I have never heard anything like it before, why would anybody want to shoot at ducks?
"There's never normally that many problems around here so I just hope it is a one-off."
The Sentinel reported in May how two adult swans and six two-week old cygnets were shot dead with pellets from an air rifle at Ford Green Hall nature reserve, in Smallthorne, on May 13.
Police later charged 23-year-old Adrian Bradburn, of Dartmouth Street, Burslem, with intentionally killing wild birds.
But the trial was later abandoned after a key witness, believed to be a juvenile, refused to give evidence.
Staffordshire Police said the RSPCA have been informed and efforts were continuing to try to track down one of the suspects.
Officers are now urging witnesses to come forward to help them track down the other suspect.
Anyone with any information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101.