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Youths hunted after chicks killed

Fifty newborn chickens have been slaughtered with bricks after a group of youths broke into a farm, police said.

The three-day-old chicks were found dead in their pen at Knuzden Brook Poultry Farm in Blackburn, Lancashire, on Tuesday night.

Lancashire Constabulary said four or five youths ran across fields towards Knuzden when they were disturbed by an employee near to the pen entrance at about 8.50pm.

It is understood that bricks were thrown at the birds.

Inspector David Mangan said: "I am absolutely disgusted by the inhumane actions of these sick individuals who seem to have got some kind of pleasure out of the unnecessary slaughter of 50 newborn chickens.

"I believe it's probably been committed by just one individual out of a group and I would appeal to those who weren't necessarily directly involved to search their conscience, do the right thing and contact the police.

"I would also ask anybody at all within the community who may have any information about this awful incident to come forward."

Anyone with information should contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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