Dec 19 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
SCHOOLCHILDREN were left devastated as they returned to school on Monday to find their pet chickens missing after they were stolen over the weekend.
A parent discovered the coop at Parbold Douglas CE academy forced open on Saturday morning around 8am as she came to check the hens. Only three of the 12 chickens remained in the enclosure.
A man who lives on Brandreth Drive drove up to the school with two of the chickens and said they were put through his cat flap and a further three chickens were found in porches along the same road but the other four remain missing.
Brownie, Ginger, Babs and Meg are still missing and teachers at the school are urging anyone who might know where they are to contact them.
Jess Churchward, who teaches Y2 at the school, said: “It seems like someone has been playing a practical joke but it’s just not funny.
“The children, parents and teachers have all been out looking for the chickens and we’ve put up posters all around the area.
“At Easter time the infant children incubated eggs and hatched many varieties of chickens.
“A lot of effort and expense has gone into building the coop and caring for the chickens and the children and staff have really grown to love them.
“We’ve also started doing a project with the chickens to help children who have self esteem issues, so they’re really important to the school.
“The children have a particular attachment to Brownie and they keep asking me when is Brownie coming back and I just don't know what to say to them.
“If we got the chickens back it would be the best Christmas present ever for everyone involved with the school. If anyone knows anything please get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact Parbold Douglas CE Academy on 01257 462007, or contact Skelmersdale Police on 101.