Deer and pheasant poachers sought after remains found

Police are searching for poachers in Lancashire after the remains of deer and pheasants were found in a park.

Skins of two roe deer and the remains of two pheasants were found in plastic bags in Ashton Park, Preston on Saturday.

The bags were left in the park's car park on Blackpool Road.

PC Mark Thomas said that from the wounds on the "heads, mouth and necks" of the animals, it looked like they had "been poached and taken down by dogs".

"From what we can tell so far, particularly from the rough cuts and apparent lack of proper knowledge of carcass handling, I would say the people responsible are not professional," he said.

"They are, most likely, just opportunists who use dogs to hunt and bring down deer and kill them in an inhumane way just to satisfy what they see as a sport.

"At this stage, it is not clear whether the deer were killed in the Preston area where their remains were found or whether they were killed elsewhere in Lancashire."

He said that police would like to hear from anyone with information about suspicious activity around the area over the weekend.

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