Warning, contains graphic images that some may find distressing
POLICE have shared distressing images of shot and wounded deer, believed to have occurred as a result of poaching, near Sapperton and Cirencester.
The Rural Crime Team said there have been six separate poaching incidents in the past few weeks.
Poaching refers to the illegal taking, killing, injuring or pursuit of game, deer or fish.
Officers said deer were shot in the jaw, and in the neck, and were still alive, and have described the incidents as ‘appalling acts of cruelty’.
The team discovered the injured animals close to Sapperton and Calmsden, near Cirencester.
A police investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call 101, with the reference 830 11/04/20.