Harlow 'butchered' swan killer sought by police

Image caption The swan's remains were discovered along a footpath in Harlow

A swan that was killed before its "butchered remains" were strewn across a towpath, prompted a police inquiry.

Parts of the dead bird's body were discovered along a path next to the River Stort in Harlow, Essex.

It was left in public view on Saturday afternoon in an area used by families, police said.

Insp Paul Maleary said: "This is a very disturbing occurrence and it is an offence for any person to kill a swan. Swans... are a protected species."

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