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Unemployed chef strangled swan

A 29-year-old unemployed chef was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting killing a swan, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has said.

Mohammed Miah previously admitted killing the mute swan in Bedford on May 10.

Magistrates in the town yesterday sentenced him to a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, the RSPB said.

The maximum penalty is six months in prison and/or a £5,000 fine. A charge of stealing the swan was dropped at a previous hearing. Yesterday the RSPB said police were called after Miah, of Cathie Road, Bedford, was seen strangling the bird and stuffing it into a bin liner on the bank of the River Great Ouse in the town.

A spokesman said night porters at a nearby hotel witnessed the attack and called police.

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