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Lambs beaten to death in Hounslow park

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Image caption The police said the lambs did not look like they had been attacked by another animal

Police are hunting for three teenagers after two newborn lambs were beaten to death in a "despicable" attack.

One lamb was found dead in a tree in Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Hounslow, and the other's injuries were so severe it had to be euthanized, the Met said.

Three teenage boys are being sought by police who said the lambs' injuries did not look like they were caused by another animal.

The attack happened between 16:30 BST on 10 April and 07:30 on 11 April.

'Despicable act'

Police said other lambs were injured but were expected to recover and that all the sheep had been removed from the park for their own safety.

One of the boys being sought is described as white, aged between 16 and 18, tall and of chubby build with scruffy, dark ginger hair, which was gelled and swept forward.

The second is white, the same age, of average height and slim build, with short dark brown hair, thin face with an obvious gap between his top two front teeth, said police.

The third is described as a white, also of the same age, of slim build with short brown hair.

PC Jody Whitehouse said: "I am appealing for any information to this despicable act which has not only caused distress to the owner but also to members of public who use the park and see the sheep on a daily basis."

She asked either the three boys or anyone who recognised them to contact the force.

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