A village peacock has disappeared with increasing suspicions that it may have been murdered. The bird, known as Pat, became a loved resident of Thimbley, near Northallerton in North Yorkshire. Gunshots were reportedly heard last month and the village pet has not been seen in its usual tree since.
His arrival in the town remains a mystery, with one local villager explaining that he just turned up suddenly. “He turned up mysteriously in the first place, no one seems to know how he just arrived.”