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Swan run over in Walton-on-Thames after being rescued

Grass verge at Fernbank Avenue, Walton-on-Thames
Members of the public intervened to protect the swan

A woman who rescued a swan from a busy Surrey road only to see a car then mount the grass verge and run over the bird.

The woman contacted the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton on Friday after finding the injured animal in Fernbank Avenue, Walton-on-Thames.

While waiting for help to arrive, the woman said a vehicle, possibly a Land Rover, left the road, hitting the swan.

It was in a serious condition with a head injury and a broken leg.

The incident took place at about 0945 GMT.

A Surrey Police spokesman said members of the public intervened to help the swan and the vehicle drove away from the scene "at speed".

A spokesman for the Swan Sanctuary said: "As soon as his condition is stable the swan will have to undergo surgery.

"At the present time the swan's condition is very serious."

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