Man arrested after attempting to strangle swan to death at Herrington Country Park

A man has been arrested after he was publicly caught appearing to strangle a swan in Herrington Country Park.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday morning, was witnessed by multiple people. The swan had been aggravated as it was reportedly trying to protect its young, something the species is known for.

The man allegedly responded to this aggression by physically harming the animal, provoking a reaction from a crowd of people demanding he stop.

Witnesses soon phoned the police. Two cars arrived at the scene and he was subsequently arrested.

Afterwards, an unnamed animal welfare group came to take the swan away in a black van to treat its injuries. It was not killed in the confrontation.

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