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Almost £4k raised for ‘Birdman Nick’ who was crushed up in Redditch park


Almost £4,000 has been raised for a “hen man” who was crushed up while feeding the geese in a park. He was attacked by a canine walker close to a lake in Redditch.

The assault left native individuals so shocked that they arrange an attraction to lift cash to assist him. It has thus far raised £3,784 in simply over every week with extra donations proceed to pour in.

The sufferer – often called “Birdman Nick” – was attacked as he fed the geese, geese and swans by the lake in Arrow Valley Nation Park in Redditch at 5.30am final Monday, Could 23. He noticed a canine scaring the birds so approached its proprietor to ask him to manage his pet.

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In keeping with police, the canine walker then assaulted the person, knocking him to the ground and inflicting “‘appreciable facial accidents”, together with two black eyes. He then walked away and Nick was taken to hospital by a member of the general public the place he obtained remedy.

A Go Fund Me attraction was arrange by his good friend, Redditch photographer John Hodges – you’ll be able to donate right here. John mentioned the cash would assist Nick, who spent most of his “meagre” earnings on shopping for hen meals.

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“Nick is a really light and well mannered man who devotes himself to the care of the native birds, feeding them twice a day from the meagre advantages he receives,” John mentioned. “Nick chooses to not feed himself relatively than miss feeding his pals on the lake.

“Twice a day he walks from his dwelling in Batchley, throughout city carrying his buying bag of hen meals, come rain or shine. I hope with this fundraiser we will present Nick how a lot we respect the sacrifices he makes for the good thing about our group and wildlife.”

John instructed WorcestershireLive that Nick was now out of hospital and again feeding his beloved birds. He mentioned: “Nick had a fortunate escape, he is a courageous, honourable and compassionate man doing good issues.

(L-R) John Hodges with Birdman Nick, at the lake a week after the assault

(L-R) John Hodges with Birdman Nick, on the lake every week after the assault

“Sadly, this most likely will not be the final such incident on the lake. Over the past couple of years I’ve chased off a number of idiots setting their canines on the swans, geese, geese.

“I do not blame the canines, I work with canines additionally, it is all the time the animal holding the lead that’s accountable. I hope we will flush out his assailant earlier than the more serious case situation inevitably occurs.”

On the Go Fund Me web page, there’s plenty of assist and type messages for Nick. One individual posted: “Good day Nick, do not let this cease you from what you take pleasure in, looking for the water birds at Batchley and Arrow Valley Lake. You like the swans and geese they usually recognise you while you go to see them, when you stopped they might lose a great good friend.”

West Mercia Police has launched an attraction for info following the assault. They mentioned the canine was about knee peak with a easy black coat, whereas its proprietor was a white man, in his 50s about 6ft 3ins tall and of stocky construct with a shaved head, carrying a white T-shirt and light-weight blue denims.

Anybody with info on the assault can contact West Mercia Police quoting incident 62i of Could 23. Particulars will also be given confidentially through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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