Police have begun an inquiry after a swan was found with a suspected gunshot wound in Lancaster.
Officers say they were called on Tuesday afternoon after the animal’s body was discovered near the River Lune close to Low Road.
The swan had suffered a neck injury which officers believe was caused by a firearm.
"This is a very distressing and disturbing incident in which a defenceless animal has been killed.
“The swan has been found with a major neck wound, believed to be caused by a firearm.
“I understand this type of incident can be very upsetting for people and we are carrying out an investigation in order to locate those responsible."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WB1704241.
Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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A teenager has died after a car overturned on a roundabout in Lancashire.
The 18 year old from Chorley died in hospital from serious head injuries following the incident at 12.05am.
Police say the Vauxhall Corsa he was driving collided with a Toyota Yaris at the junction of Sherpherds Way and Clifford Street in the town.
His passengers, an 18 year old and a 17 year old, were also injured.
The driver of the Yaris, a 52 year old man from Blackburn, was uninjured and later arrested in connection with the incident.
The road was closed for six hours while accident investigators attended the scene.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the collision.
"This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the man’s family at this time. We believe a number of people were in the area at the time and would encourage them to come forward and talk to police."
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log reference 0002 of January 15.
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