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
There are elections for more 400 local councillors in the Anglia region in the biggest test of political opinion since the General Election.
An 18-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of Liam Hunt, while three others have been found guilty of manslaughter.
Showers, possibly heavy and thundery in places at first, will die out this evening. Sunny spells and a few showers on Thursday.