In the middle of the night, when a man disinfected his pond, a grandfather told of his devastation after 25 other goldfish had died.
Police are investigating the incident at the 60-year-old William Pritchard’s Retirement Complex Home.
Gold at a cost of 500 – 25 Goldfish and Baby Koi all died or were found floating in foam water.
Terrified, William checked his security camera and saw a man pouring chemicals into his pool.
He said: “I went to the bedroom window and saw the man walking by, he had a bottle of squeezing in his hand.
“I didn’t think anything of it.
“I woke up this morning and all the fish in the pond died.
“I saw bubbles, foam and dead fish.
“I was Gibbs Mac. I looked in the video and the camera caught him.
“Why couldn’t I do it?
“Grandpa John loved fish. He had names. I don’t want to tell him.
“One side was swimming towards two fish and I pulled them out and put them in the water and they didn’t survive.”
William was fishing at his retirement housing complex in Rincorn, Cheshire, when an injury forced him to retire as an employee.
“I go and sit by the pool and pull it out, and it’s taken away from me,” he said.
At about 1.40pm on the night of the incident, William’s Peterdale Terrier, Complete, woke him up – and then he was notified by phone from his security system.
The four-year-old’s father showed footage of 53-year-old Palin’s participation the next day before he began cleaning the pool, pump and filter.
Eleven’s grandfather said: “I’ve done it about three or four times.
“I had to peek inside the pond, but it passed through the filtration system and was hanged.
“I tried to get him up and run, but I found some mud in the pond and threw him into the water, but he died instantly.”
William estimates that replacing the kit will cost 800 800.
“I either let him go and forget about it, but if something happens and he does it again, I will feel guilty,” he said.
“I will not let it go backwards, I will go beyond my strength.”
Cheshire Police said: “Police were called to the scene at 9.30am on Tuesday, July 6 to report criminal damage.
“The caller reported that a well-known person had put an unknown substance in the garden pond, which was harming the fish.
“An inquiry is underway into the incident and the person involved will be approached by officers.
“Police are not appealing for information at this time.”
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