PIGEONS were left strewn across a busy road after yobs "shot them down" with a catapult.

A number of birds were left scattered across Golden Jubilee Way in Wickford after four teenagers were seen taking aim and firing a catapult underneath the railway bridge.

Witnesses describe seeing six pigeons falling into the centre of the A132 carriageway as they drove along the road last night.

Senior councillors have since slammed those responsible.

Duncan English, who saw the incident unfold at around 8pm, said: "It's a ridiculous situation. Everyone is fed up of it.

"I saw one of the group using the catapult. The pigeons were roosting under the bridge.

"Everyone knows who they are. They were dressing in all dark clothing and caps.

"Six birds just dropped into the main road, it's totally unacceptable.

"I reckon they're around 12 to 14 years old. They obviously find it fun to shoot live birds.

"They were a hazard to themselves and others.

"Something needs to be done at that bridge."

David Harrison, an Independent Wickford councillor, added: "Anyone who shoots live birds needs to be caught. It's unacceptable.

"If people see incidents like this happening, they must go to the police. That's their best port of call.

Essex Police was contacted for comment.