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'Witness' parrot stolen in raid
African grey parrot
Monty is an African Grey parrot
The owner of a parrot that was stolen during a raid by a burglar who feared it would talk to police, is appealing for help to find the missing bird.

Monty the African Grey parrot was taken in September 2004 by Bristol-based burglar David Carlile, who was jailed at Swindon Crown Court last Monday.

He admitted he took Monty during a raid on Diana Winter's home in Eastbury, Berks, because he knew it could talk.

Police hope Carlile's conviction will prompt someone to come forward.

He is like a child and he needs care. I am not worried about the material goods that were taken but I do want to see Monty again
Diana Winter

Cash, jewellery and ornaments worth 5430 were taken during the burglary.

Mrs Winter, wife of the celebrated jockey Fred Winter, who died last year aged 77, said: "I just want [Monty] back, I want to know [he] is safe and well and get him returned to me so he can go somewhere where he will be happy and cared for.

"He is like a child and he needs care. I am not worried about the material goods that were taken but I do want to see Monty again."

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "Monty has red feathers in his tail and a blue plastic ring on his foot.

"He is distinctive as he only eats white grapes and does not like red ones at all.

"He used to say 'hello darling' and repeat the names of Mrs Winter's grandchildren."

Carlile admitted the burglary on Mrs Winter's home, along with 100 other offences and was jailed for seven years.

Mrs Winter added: "Carlile is in prison now. He has already admitted stealing my parrot; it won't do him any harm to now tell the truth about where it has gone.

"He says he has sold it, but I just want to know for sure."




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