Mayor Judith McMahon believes action is needed to protect the town’s wildlife.
She said: “One reliable source who spent an awful lot of time in the park was aware this was happening so decided to befriend the people he suspected of taking the animals.
“After engaging in conversation for a few days it was identified that they were feeding the ducks and geese, taming the animals to get close enough to capture them.I thought we were persuaded by the powers that be that we were ignorant bigots and there was no danger of immigrants eating our swans..?
Despite, well, the evidence that such did indeed occur?
“We should be protecting the wildlife and ensuring that a culture doesn’t evolve where it isn’t challenged.The culture didn't evolve. It was imported.
“The very least we can start with is putting up signage to warn that taking the wildlife is not acceptable.In English..?
“We have food banks in Southend, so one can assume it’s for cruelty or financial gain. It’s an abhorrent practice and has to be stopped.”Good luck with that, your worship...