Shock amid claims of goose barbecue

Wimbledon Guardian: Shock amid claims of goose barbecue Shock amid claims of goose barbecue

Residents have called for action after seeing geese being shot and barbecued on Mitcham Common.

The claims emerged after a group set a large campfire on Saturday, August 11, at Seven Islands Pond, after which a passerby said he found what he believed to be the charred remains of a Canada goose wing.

One resident, who regularly walks her dog on the common but did not wish to be named, said three men were seen gutting a goose in the bushes while another said they had seen men using a catapult to shoot at geese on the pond.

She said: "It’s terrible. If I saw anything doing that I would have phoned the police straight away.
"I wouldn’t care who they were, I would have gone berserk but I think people are frightened."

Lighting any kind of fire on the common is strictly against Mitcham Common's 1981 byelaws.

The same woman had previously complained to Merton police about a group of men persistently gathering to drink on Mitcham Common after they threw a bottle at her.

She said: "I have been concerned for a couple of months now about the number of people that have been over the Seven Islands pond on Mitcham Common - Eastern Europeans of all different types - Polish, Russian and Ukrainian.
"I was walking past where they were drinking and they made some comment.
"I ignored them but they shouted out -  and then they through a bottle and it crashed behind me."

Melanie Nunzet, who runs her own Mitcham common walks, said: "People think it is their common.
"They think nobody is looking at them and that they can do what they like.
"I think it has happened with fish as well - it's appalling.
"There’s not a single goose out there now because they are frightened and they must have gone elsewhere."

Merton police said they were aware of a number of issues regarding Mitcham Common and have since increased patrols in the area.

A spokesman said: "Many of these issues have been passed to us third-hand, and have not been reported to police at the time they happened, which obviously this makes it very difficult for police to take any action."

Anyone who sees anti-social behaviour at any time should call Merton police on 0208 649 3604 or to the non-emergency number, 101.

 

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