A sheep was mutilated and killed by a vandal who broke into a field near a village close to Northampton.
Police are investigating after a sheep was stabbed to death and cut up in a field off Bugbrooke Road in Nether Heyford sometime between 11.30am on Wednesday, March 11 and 7am on Thursday, March 12.
It is believed a number of lambs may also have died as a result of the attack but a police spokesman said only one sheep death had been reported.
A woman who lives near to the field where the sheep was killed said: “Someone who is capable of such a horrific crime is a danger to children and general public. Surely they need catching.”
Witnesses, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.