Anthony Campen stole the chicken from Bishops’ Church of England and Roman Catholic Primary School in Chelmsford, Essex, before tucking it into his backpack and taking it to a nearby party. He then posed for pictures with the petrified bird and then set it free in a nearby field.

After posting the pictures on Facebook, Campen was collared and he admitted his crime, whereupon he was fined £130 for compensation and ordered to pay £85 in costs too.

Despite his public haranguing for his pissed up antics, he later showed little remorse, tweeting: “£235 for a fucking chicken. Right, I’m for a kfc!!”