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"Several" dead animals found near Hartley Wintney

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"Several" dead animals found near Hartley Wintney

Published at 12:45pm 31st July 2017. (Updated at 12:57pm 31st July 2017)

The bodies of "several" dead animals have been found at a beauty spot near Hartley Wintney.

The bodies of two badgers, a deer and several hares were found within a patch of bracken on Warren Heath on Wednesday 26 July.

Hampshire Police say they are currently investigating how the animals died but believe they were killed elsewhere and then dumped at the heath.

Officers think it could have happened in the week before they were found.

'It is clear the animals were killed'

PC Vincent Lane, of Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch team, said: “This is being treated as an isolated incident and we have not received any reports of similar incidents.

“Our investigation is in its early stages, but it is clear that the animals were killed, rather than dying of natural causes or an environmental hazard.

“The bodies were found close to a gravel track that runs through Warren Heath. There is also a horse jump nearby.

“This area is popular with dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists, so I would like to hear from anyone who has been there recently and saw anything suspicious.”

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting 44170287336.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

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