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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 16:31 GMT 17:31 UK
Police search for stolen 'Squeeky'
African Grey Parrot
African Greys can build up an impressive vocabulary
A parrot who thinks he's a seagull is being hunted by police after being stolen from a house in east Yorkshire.

Squeeky, the African Grey, was stolen as he sat in his cage outside a flat in Bridlington town centre.

Steve Page, spokesman for Humberside Police, said Squeeky often imitated the seagulls in the seaside town and was enjoying his daily chat when he was snatched.

He said the case was unusual as the parrot may be able to identify himself if he is found safe and well.

Fresh air

"If we find him them hopefully he will be able to say 'Hi, I'm Squeeky the parrot from Bridlington'.

"The owners have told us he gets put out everyday for some fresh air while he chats to the seagulls.

"This time he has obviously been taken."

Squeeky was stolen at 1100 BST on 20 September from the balcony of the second floor flat.

He was seen being placed into the back of a black Vauxhall Vectra, registration number P149 REV.

Sqeeky squawked with the local seagulls

A local man who used to own the car said it was sold to a man from West Yorkshire in early September.

The 18-month-old parrot is worth 600 and could live up to 80 years.

Neighbour Malcolm Simpson, who helps look after Squeeky, said he was devastated.

"He's a good talker and says things like 'What are you doing Squeeky' and the odd swear word.

"He loved sitting outside talking to the seagulls and anyone who happened to walk past.

"I'd put him outside for the day when I realised an hour later that he was gone.

"I just hope the car can be traced and we get Squeeky back home where he belongs."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police in Bridlington on 01262 402700.

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