Four badgers have been found poisoned in a sett in Saffron Walden, Essex. Three of the animals died.
Essex Police Wildlife Crime Officer Andy Long said an investigation was underway:
"Badgers are a protected species and it is an offence to kill them and also interfere with badger setts. It is also an offence to lay any poison on any land.
We also want to hear from anyone who might have seen any suspicious activity on roads in that area or from anyone who might have seen items being thrown from vehicles or left at the roadside.
Anyone with information should contact Pc Long on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More top news
A growing number of rank and file officers say they support being routinely armed while on duty in the wake of terror attacks.
A year after Corrie went missing, Suffolk Police have told ITV News Anglia that their investigation has been "thorough" and "meticulous."
Northamptonshire Police is to make changes to the way it fights crime - to improve its efficiency and flexibility.