Investigation launched after teenagers prizewinning hens stolen from their cages at agricultural

On the theft, she said: “When I went to go and check on the chickens I saw the prize ticket on the cage but the two hens were not there.”I thought initially that they had been moved but when I went to ask someone told me ‘I’m really sorry, they have been pinched’.”In the wake of the theft, she said she had been offered Dutch Bantam chicks and was given £30 from the show organisers.Mum Jane Davies, 44, said: “It’s taken away all her pleasure. She’s put a lot of work in, raising them from chicks.”She was going to take them to the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, she’d already paid the entrance fee, but now she’s got nothing to show.Jane said she suspected the thief wished to breed from the prize-winning hens.”It seems like someone has just come in after the judging, possibly seen the rosettes on the cages and taken them.”She also said that her daughter’s prize hens were not the only animals stolen from the show that day.”Other things went missing that day, a horse and a sheep,” she said.”We’ve had a very poor response from the Bath and West show – we had to wait for hours after they were stolen to speak to anybody.”The chickens, although not rare, are from a sought-after breed which can fetch around £50 a hen.Ellie-May’s mother Jane said: “What sort of person goes along to the show to steal chickens from a young competitor?”We’re disappointed in who has done this and the show’s security.”She added: “I just hope those who took the chickens will feel guilty and bring them back – that would make my daughter’s day.”The chickens had been in separate cages among other livestock which had been judged in the pavilion.At the show, the hens won Any Variety (Bantam) Female class and the cockerel won the Any Variety (Bantam) Male class, both in the juvenile section.A spokesman for The Royal Bath and West Show said: “We are aware and very sad this has happened.”The area has security at night and has stewards during the day. The police were involved and an investigation is underway.”If anybody has any information that would lead to the recovery of these birds it would be greatly appreciated.” A teenage girl has been left devastated after her prize-winning chickens were stolen just minutes after scooping two top awards at an agricultural show.Police and the show organisers are now launching an investigation into the theft.The two Dutch Bantams were taken from their cages at The Royal Bath and West Show, shortly after being judged.Owner Ellie-May Davies discovered they had been stolen when finding their cages with rosettes attached, but no hens inside.Only the cockerel of the trio of bantams was spared by the thieves.The set of chickens has previously won awards at shows in Taunton and Dawlish.Ellie-May, aged 13, from Castle Cary, Somerset said: “It was upsetting because I had spent so long raising the chickens and they have done so well in shows for me.”I had planned to go to Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show with them this year, but that won’t happen now.” chicken Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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