Scarborough police are investigating reports that a gang of youths have beaten a goose to death with a stick.
Officers were alerted by a member of the public at around 6am on Thursday May 9th, who reported seeing three youths attacking the bird on Valley Road.
The man confronted the youths and they ran off in the direction of Tesco.
Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to contact them with information.
The youths have been described as male and aged between 16 and 18-years-old. They were all wearing jeans and t-shirts.
– PC Holly Hornsby, Scarborough police,
This was a pointless, barbaric act against a defenceless animal.
"It is important that we find out who is responsible and I am urging anyone who can help to identify the youths involved to come forward as soon as possible."