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Bird deaths by Alexandra Lake investigated

About 70 birds of various species have been found dead

Wildlife experts and police have begun an investigation into the deaths of more than 70 birds at a park in Wanstead Flats in east London.

Investigators attended the site, which includes Alexandra Lake, on Thursday to begin tests.

Carcases of the birds have been sent to the Central Veterinary Laboratory (VLA) for analysis.

The area has been cordoned off to members of the public until the cause of the deaths is determined.

A German shepherd cross - also died after being let off his leash for five minutes in the area.

A Natural England spokesperson said: "About 70 birds of various species - pigeons, geese, coots etc have so far been found dead at the lake.

"There were no protected or endangered species involved - all the dead birds are of the usual urban breeds.

"We are not speculating on the cause of the deaths until scientific analysis is complete."

Birdwatcher Jonathan Lethbridge described the incident as "birds falling out of the trees".

"My initial reaction was one of bewilderment and surprise.

"It's pretty nasty I don't want to see the birds I look at dropping dead out of the trees. It's very worrying," he said.

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