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Threatened cockerel offered home


Residents have been told they must get rid of a cockerel they've been looking after because of its early morning crowing.

A cockerel threatened with "eviction" from a Tyneside housing estate has been offered a new home on a farm.

Basil arrived in a garden in Henderson Avenue, Gateshead, six months ago.

He was adopted by many neighbours, but complaints were made about his early morning crowing and Gateshead Housing Company told residents he had to go.

But now the under-threat bird has been offered a new home on a farm in Beamish in County Durham, after a farmer heard about his plight.

Gateshead Housing Company wrote to residents saying Basil was livestock and could not be kept under their tenancy agreements.

They had until 21 October to find him a new home.

Katie Wilkin, whose mother lives in Henderson Road, organised a "Save the Henderson Hen" campaign, and Basil now has a profile on Facebook.

'Alarm clock'

Ms Wilkin said everyone loved Basil.

"Everyone is worried about him going," she said.

"He's like a little alarm clock going off in the morning. We all think he's brilliant."

A spokesperson from the Gateshead Housing Company said: "Gateshead Council's tenancy agreement clearly states that tenants 'must not keep livestock, such as horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, cattle, ducks, geese and chickens at the property'.

"Also, 'animals must not cause a nuisance, annoyance or concern to anyone in the local area including any employee or agent of the council or the Gateshead Housing Company'.

"The housing company has received a number of complaints from local residents about noise and is currently working with the tenant to resolve the situation."

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