Novelist Terry Pratchett has helped more than DOUBLE the bounty on offer to catch the cruel person responsible for killing 31 swans – rocketing the reward up past £25,000.
Discworld author Terry, 62, who lives in Salisbury, Wilts., says he was impassioned to pick the phone and bolster the five-figure sum after hearing about the ”cruel” attacks.
The wealthy OBE dipped into his deep pockets and added £10,000 to the £10,500 collection on offer to catch and prosecute the swan sniper.
But the reward had shot past £25,500 today other donations from wildlife groups and well-wishers.
Mr Pratchett exploded today: ”I heard the reward was £10,500 and decided I wanted to make it rather larger than that.
”I phoned up Secret World and we agreed that I would make the reward up to £20,000.
”If you steal something then you are just doing something that the Government does – but this is idiotic and cruel – they are just swans for god’s sake.
”They just swim around looking beautiful.
”Part of me thinks that if they get caught they will get some sort of community service order – but I’m hoping for something a little more medieval than that.
”Someone has got to show that we are not going to stand for this sort of thing.
”It’s not a scrap in the street – someone is shooting these great swans for a bit of fun.
”It’s wanton destruction and I want to see somebody in court for it.”