The RSPCA were called and found that the deer was dead.So the RSPCA turned up and didn’t think to secure the evidence themselves, or wait until the police turned up?
But the animal’s body was removed by the gang before police officers were able to attend.
Lancashire Constabulary’s wildlife officer Mark Thomas said: “A group of six or seven men set lurchers on the deer and the dogs killed it.Maybe you’ll rock up a bit quicker next time then…
“According to a witness, someone has come back on a motorbike and taken it away, with the animal being dragged along behind.
“There are a lot of deer in the area and I have no doubt they will be targeted again.”
Sudell councillor Roy Davies said he was appalled.If only! We’d be hanging the little shits or cutting their hands off.
He said: “It is absolutely unbelievable. Who would want to do that to such a lovely animal?
“Deer are beautiful creatures. But nothing surprises me in Darwen these days.
“You do your best for people in the town and it just gets thrown back in your face.”
“It is disgusting. It is as if we have gone back hundreds of years to Robin Hood times.”
Darwen Town Council mayor and Sudell councillor Paul Browne said: “What are these people doing?Or perhaps more punishment and less tolerance?
“They are sick thugs. I cannot understand the mentality of people.
“We have no control over society any more. What we need is more discipline.”
The incident came as Lancashire Police said it had launched an operation to tackle poaching in the county which had been increasing.Well, that’s nice, but this happened right on your doorstep, not out in some far-off field, so why you think you’ve got a chance of stopping it without putting a bit more effort into investigating reports properly, I don’t know…
Pc Thomas said it was important that police dealt with the poaching problem.Well, you’re ‘the police’, aren’t you?
Why didn’t you?