BIRDS have been stolen from a Sunderland allotment.
The theft happened after allotments in Silksworth Lane, Plains Farm, were broken into overnight between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
A number of sheds, greenhouses and bird houses were broken into on the plot.
A number of cockatiels were taken in the theft.
Newborn chicks were left, however, they have now died.
Officers from Northumbria Police are carrying out inquiries into the incident.
Anyone who has informaton, or may be offered, a cockatiel for sale is asked to contact officers on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 254 220514 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.