MYSTERY DEATH OF THE BIRDS
by Tony Robinson
They die in pain,victims of a silent killer that has scientists baffled
HITCHCOCK-style horror is unfolding on a quiet council estate where 98 birds mysteriously dropped dead. Their bodies showed no signs of injuries, but post-mortem examinations revealed that their lungs were horribly congested with blood. Now a full doomwatch alert has been mounted because of fear that the mystery killer could strike down humans too. All the dead birds were found within 50 yards of a factory whose products include non-stick coatings for pots and pans.No evidence has so far been found to link the factory with the birds's deaths. Council officials are anxious not to cause panic among the 600 people who live on the council estate beside the factory at Earl Shilton Leicestereshire.
But tomorrow they will have discussions at the Environment Department's
headquarter's to decide what should be done. Scientists from the department
have already begun investigating the bizarre phenomenon, but so far they
are baffled. The local council have also set aside £1,000 for research
into the mystery deaths. Mr Denis Bown, Socialist Mayor of the Hinckley-Bosworth
council, who represents the area of the factory, said there were some old
people's flats and an infants' school near the factory. "I asked the council
to take some urgent action," he said, "and we put £1,000 aside to do
some tests. "We'll be testing the atmosphere and making sure that people's
health is not impaired if there is something. It might be a freak of nature
for all I know. I don't want to scare people."
"There 12 factories in this country using the same process and there has
been nothing like this at any one of them." The Earl Shilton factory employed
about 50 to 60 people, he said, and there had been no union concern about
health risks. He added "There is no problem at all with human health so far
as we know."
He said "We noticed that on each occasion the weather was rather cold. We had almost frosty and snow type conditions when the deaths occurred. "Whether the cold contributed to the incidents we don't know." [Sunday Mirror, Feb 22,1976]