Parrot crushed to death by television during Sunderland house raid

An African grey parrot
An African grey parrot
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A PET owner has told of his devastation after heartless burglars killed his beloved parrot.

Stephen Lavelle’s African Grey parrot was killed when his Hendon home was burgled at the weekend.

Stephen Lavelle's house was burgled and after ransacking the house the burglers killed his pet parrot.

Stephen Lavelle's house was burgled and after ransacking the house the burglers killed his pet parrot.

The 37-year-old’s property in Guildford Street was broken into between 3.20am on Saturday and 3.50am on Sunday.

The self-employed roofer said: “The fact that this has happened is bad enough but what they’ve done to my bird just makes me feel sick.

“I only went away to the Lakes for one night with a couple of close friends to get away for a bit and clear my head and this is what I had to come home to.

“As soon as I walked in the house and saw the mess I had to walk back out because I just couldn’t believe it. The place had been ransacked.

“Then I walked in the sitting room and saw feathers lying around all over and I found my bird, Coco, underneath the telly.

“How could someone do that? He was only three years old and I’d just had him a couple months. I loved him so much. I’m devastated. I got him to have a bit company and he was great. All my friends used to say they couldn’t believe how well he could talk.”

Stephen, who confesses to being a “bit of a bad boy” in his younger years added: “I don’t deserve this – no one does.

“African Greys can live to be nearly 100 and he was only three, it’s not right. The people who did this need help. If they can do something like this what else can they do? They need help before they end up in prison.”

Police say that a number of items were stolen from the house.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Lee Butler, who covers the area, said: “Being broken into is distressing enough, the fact that burglars have killed a parrot is unbelievable.

“If anyone has any information about the burglary, or knows who is responsible, I’d urge them to contact police.”