Witness sought after poachers’ dogs maul deer

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POACHERS fled after their dogs were seen savaging two deer in a field at Read.

The grisly incident happened in broad daylight at Dunkirk Farm, Whalley Road, on Sunday, around 1-30 p.m.

Police have identified one suspect and are appealing for a witness who saw the incident to come forward.

The male witness spoke to a man from the farm who arrived on the scene, but did not leave his name.

The deer were not killed by the poachers’ dogs, but were so severely mauled they had to be put down.

Sgt Craig Jarrett, of Ribble Valley police, said: “This witness apparently saw the attack taking place, so we would like him to come forward and tell us what he saw.”

The dead deer were photographed for evidence, and the force’s wildlife crime officer has been informed. The two suspected poachers were both about 6ft. tall, one with dark hair and one with fair hair. One was wearing a grey hoodie and the other a tracksuit. Anyone with information can contact Sgt Jarrett or PC Justin Brown on 01200 458752.

Two weeks ago, two dead deer were found by a farmer on land at Sawley. They had been gutted and apparently left to be picked up later by the poachers.

Police have asked restaurants and butchers to beware of suspicious offers of cheap venison.