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Gloucester roundabout rabbit hunting fears spark police check for snares

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

Rabbits on Barnwood roundabout

Rabbits on Barnwood roundabout

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Police will check Gloucester's famous rabbit roundabout for snares after fears were raised they were being hunted.

Gloucester big cat tracker Frank Tunbridge believed the Walls' roundabout bunnies of Barnwood may have been targeted for meat.

"It's as though they have been cleared from the roundabout," said Mr Tunbridge. "I do wonder if they have been hunted with lurchers."

But a Gloucester City Council spokeswoman said: "Officers from the countryside unit have visited the roundabout and found signs of bunny life. Numbers of them have been seen on the roundabout and all seem to be fine and well."

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She said wicker rabbit sculptures are in storage for the winter.

A police spokesman said there had been no reports of hunting but an officer will check for snares and any other equipment later today (Monday) as a precaution.

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  • Ben_Falconer  |  June 13 2013, 12:26PM

    Hi Denise_P, could you give me a quick ring? Kind regards, Ben Falconer, Citizen chief reporter. 01453 755955

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  • Denise_P  |  June 11 2013, 8:23PM

    It's June 2013 and I've been looking out for the bunnies on the roundabout for weeks and weeks and never seen one. In the good weather they are usually out but there's not one to be seen. It's most concerning. What's happened to all the bunnies.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 25 2013, 5:45PM

    The city council has supposedly had reports of a rough sleeper on the roundabout. I wonder if Frank went there to find the bunnies...and fell asleep!

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 24 2013, 4:15PM

    leighlane, you're right. Even Frank now says that he has seen fox tracks in the snow on the roundabout. What does he think that the foxes are doing there, if not hunting the bunnies? That's what happens - foxes eat bunnies, bunnies breed some more, and by the summer they will be back to normal numbers, even if some of them get myxomatosis.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 22 2013, 5:39PM

    Stuntgirl, that's what I wondered, but today's Citizen has him giving advice again as their resident 'wildlife expert', so I really don't think that they are laughing at him. Perhaps they are laughing at us, though. Qwerty, they didn't take your good advice.

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  • QwertyOS  |  January 15 2013, 9:37AM

    For goodness sake, and I am trying very hard to suppress my urge to use foul language......STOP GIVING THIS IDIOT ANY PUBLICITY. He is turning the county of Gloucestershire and the local populace into a laughing stock. If you were head of a major company and read some of these ridiculous headlines, would you want to invest in this area?

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  • Misfit901  |  January 14 2013, 10:41PM

    Oh Frank, are you sure the rabbits have not been hunted by 'big cats' of some mythical sort??

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  • jonno2010  |  January 14 2013, 10:35PM

    Isee in my local co op they have started to sell rabit!

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  • Jewbacca  |  January 14 2013, 8:33PM

    Pengi - 'pie-filling on legs' is my new favourite phrase, thank you for that. As for Frank - he's making my adopted county look stupid, as are TiG. Are they that desperate for easy copy?!

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  • PengiPete  |  January 14 2013, 6:50PM

    I can picture Frank standing in the middle of that roundabout with 300 rabbits standing behind him giggling. Every time he turns round, they run so they're always just out of sight. Poor bloke - out-smarted by pie-filling on legs.

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