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Firefighters and the RSPCA rescued a pigeon in Banbury High Street, which had got its claws stuck in some netting, on Boxing Day NNL-141229-140444001
Firefighters and the RSPCA rescued a pigeon in Banbury High Street, which had got its claws stuck in some netting, on Boxing Day NNL-141229-140444001

Firefighters were called to deal with a right flap in Banbury town centre on Boxing Day!

A crew from Banbury’s Cope Road station was called to the High Street on Friday morning when a pigeon got its claws stuck in some wire netting.

The rescue operation attracted a lot of interest in the street but not everyone was pleased with the use of resources.

Annis Garfield, of Thorpe Mandeville, was with her son when she saw the commotion. She said: “You see all the safety warnings they give out at this time of year, but then they take a fire engine to rescue a pigeon, which is actually vermin, on Boxing Day.

“I understand on Banbury High Street that people don’t want to see an animal suffering, but at what expense?

“With all these public services being cut now, it’s not very comforting knowing they’re out doing something as frivolous as this.”

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service said: “A crew returning from a co-responder emergency call was in the area and attended.

“Banbury firefighters spent three minutes at the scene to assist the RSPCA with the rescue of a pigeon.

“Attending such incidents is only authorised at the discretion of the relevant duty officer and is both to render a humanitarian service where the RSPCA determine this is required, and to prevent members of the public from putting themselves in danger and potentially injuring themselves should they take matters into their own hands and attempt a rescue without appropriate equipment or clothing, for example.”