A NEW petition has been launched to save the peacocks of a Dengie village.

Over 20 peacocks, owned by Frances White, of Nipsells Farm Lodge, Mayland, have been allowed to roam free around the village for several years.

However, following complaints from some residents in the village, Maldon District Council said that the peacocks must be contained by July 22.

The Council have now issued a notice saying that all owners of the peacocks must come forward by August 22, or the birds will be rehomed.

A petition had been set up to save the birds by the villagers and gathered over 500 signatures.

A new document has now been set up. In order to be recognised by Maldon District Council it is being run through the Council website.

The new petition has so far been signed 146 times.

To sign the petition, visit: epetition.maldon.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/3635