TWO Cumbrian men have been fined by a court in Poland for pigeon tossing.

The pair threw the birds up in to the air in historic Krakow's Renaissance market on October 24.

The pigeon tossers, both aged 24, from Ulverston and Barrow-in-Furness, appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a charge of cruelty to animals.

According to local reports the stunned birds were not able to open their wings and fell to the ground, breaking their wings.

Prosecutor Boguslawa Marcinkowska said the men were both fined 600 zlotys (£130) each.

She identified them as Lee James W of Ulverston and Arron David P of Barrow-in-Furness, but did not give their last names in line with Polish privacy law.

She also said she did not know whether the pigeons survived.

The Foreign Office said the consulate in Poland was not informed of the court hearing.