Baby partridge causes a flap in Saffron Walden store

PUBLISHED: 13:16 07 November 2018

Initial reports suggested it was a pheasant, but town council staff said it was a partridge.

Initial reports suggested it was a pheasant, but town council staff said it was a partridge.


A baby partridge had to be rescued from the fitting rooms of a shop in Saffron Walden this morning.

Staff at M&Co in Market Square said the bird had been there since last night and it had settled in the fitting rooms.

Judith Thompson, from the town’s Tourist Information Centre, swooped in to help. She picked the partridge up and put it in a box, ready for staff from Saffron Walden Town Council to take it away and release it.

Staff initially thought it was a pheasant, but operations staff from the town council said it was in fact a baby partridge.

On Twitter, Judith had asked Uttlesford PCSO James Graham for a hand in rescuing the bird, but unfortunately he wasn’t nearby.

Instead, PCSO Graham replied: “Open doors and windows and fingers crossed the intruder leaves the store. However, if the pheasant removes anything not belonging to it without paying. I shall take criming details later.”

Nobody knows how the bird managed to get into the store.

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