PUPILS have been left ‘gutted’ after their school’s pet hens were stolen over the weekend.
Students at George Spencer School in Stapleford took in four former battery hens earlier this year, nursed them back to health and now take it in turns to look after them.
On Monday morning staff at the school found that the hens had been stolen from their pen.
Biology teacher and head of the school’s eco group, Sarah Slater, said: “The pupils are just gutted.
“They just don’t understand why anyone would do something like this.
“The hens aren’t expensive, they’re not worth anything so it just doesn’t make sense.
“They’re properly enclosed over the weekend so someone will have had to actually make an effort to take them. The pupils just can’t believe it.”
Teachers think that Shelly, Henrietta, Maggie and Charlie were taken on Saturday afternoon or evening as their morning eggs were in the pen.
Ms Slater added: “Each chicken had their own personality and were very well cared for and loved by the students.”
Pupil, Amy Martin, 11, said: “I was really upset when I found out. “I have really enjoyed looking after the chickens and I just can’t understand why they would do something like this.”
Matthew Hubbard, 11, said: “It’s a bit weird, we think that they broke in through the hedge by the A52.”
Anyone with information can call Nottinghamshire police on 0300 300 9999.