Noisy frogs won’t croak it in Colchester

NOISY frogs have been given a reprieve after police decided not to destroy them because they were disturbing residents.

Earlier this month, the Gazette revealed Essex Police wanted to remove marsh frogs found in garden ponds behind homes in Mile End Road, Colchester.

Colchester Council’s environmental health team contacted the police’s Wildlife Crime Unit after investigating a complaint from one neighbour.

Using equipment which measures decibel levels, they found the frogs were making lots of noise during the mating season.

The action bemused pond-owners Dominic Payne and James Kent, who said the frogs had lived in the area for decades and the noise they made was quite calming.

But now residents have been sent a letter from the police saying no further action was being planned.

The letter read: “No further noise complaints have been received by Colchester Council or Essex Police and although non-native, I am assured these frogs do not pose a major threat to our native species.

“It is important this species are not allowed to spread from the area.

“For this reason, please do not give frogspawn from your pond to friends or family or move any of the frogs away from this site.”

Mr Payne said: “I’m delighted no action to remove the frogs will be made. It seems to be a sensible approach.”

He said plenty of people had been in contact with him after reading about the frogs’ plight.

Mr Payne added: “Pretty much everyone says it’s ridiculous.

“It does seem crazy the police have invested so much time investigating noisy frogs.”

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12:25pm Tue 17 Aug 10

love Dr says...

now the frogs are juming for joy
now the frogs are juming for joy love Dr

1:35pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Voter99 says...

The reprieve only happened because the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Cuban President Castro intervened on behalf of the frogs on frog-manitarian rights.
The reprieve only happened because the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Cuban President Castro intervened on behalf of the frogs on frog-manitarian rights. Voter99

5:53pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Anna Key says...

Another opportunity for some riveting puns. Though as usual I'd love to know what Voter99 is on about. On another planet.
Another opportunity for some riveting puns. Though as usual I'd love to know what Voter99 is on about. On another planet. Anna Key

6:09pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Smouldering Ewok says...

Frogs disturbing residents.
Now i have heard it all.
What a joke.
Officer we have seagulls waking us up at 5 in the morning.
Officer hedgehogs are vandalising our garden.
Officer, help those pesky squirrels in the park are hassling me for food and have bad anti social tendencies.
I'm just going to laugh at this story and keep myself sane.
Frogs disturbing residents. Now i have heard it all. What a joke. Officer we have seagulls waking us up at 5 in the morning. Officer hedgehogs are vandalising our garden. Officer, help those pesky squirrels in the park are hassling me for food and have bad anti social tendencies. I'm just going to laugh at this story and keep myself sane. Smouldering Ewok

6:32pm Tue 17 Aug 10

Anna Key says...

'Frogs disturbing residents.
Now i have heard it all.
What a joke.'
That should surely be, 'what a croak.'
'Frogs disturbing residents. Now i have heard it all. What a joke.' That should surely be, 'what a croak.' Anna Key

7:30am Wed 18 Aug 10

love Dr says...

im going to hold a party to celebrate free the frogs its going to be a karaoke party so they can make as much noise as possible....do i need a dance floor or do they just keep juming on the spot
im going to hold a party to celebrate free the frogs its going to be a karaoke party so they can make as much noise as possible....do i need a dance floor or do they just keep juming on the spot love Dr

12:47pm Wed 18 Aug 10

Red Tape says...

Amazing how the police take noisy frogs so seriously to launch an investigation and write to everyone but try to complain about noisy and abusive teenagers or drunks and they are "too busy to attend"!
Amazing how the police take noisy frogs so seriously to launch an investigation and write to everyone but try to complain about noisy and abusive teenagers or drunks and they are "too busy to attend"! Red Tape

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