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 email@example.com
More top news
It will take time for the temperatures to climb in the morning but it will be a dry but cold day with plenty of sunshine.
Assaults on police officers in the Anglia region are running at an average of ten per day as one Chief Constable blames late-night drinking.
The chance of the odd shower for the next few hours but in general a dry night with clear spells. Turning very cold with a frosty.