A SWAN has been found with seven airgun pellets in its body, after being shot at in the same Brampton lane where a calf was stabbed to death two months ago.

A SWAN has been found with seven airgun pellets in its body, after being shot in the same Brampton lane where a calf was stabbed to death two months ago.

The injured bird was put to sleep by RSPCA vets after it was found in Bromholme Lane, between Brampton and Huntingdon, on July 16.

The animal charity is now asking members of the public to be extra vigilant in the area following this second act of cruelty.

The RSPCA was notified of a calf that had been stabbed with a screwdriver in the same area on May 24.

The young animal was found dead in an isolated field, off Bromholme Lane.

RSPCA inspector Tony Hollis said: “While we are not linking these two incidents at this stage, it is very concerning to know that they have happened in the same location and within a short timescale.

“We would urge anyone who has any information regarding this, or who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in this area, to contact the RSPCA immediately.

“Any information, no matter how small, could help us in this investigation, so we would urge people to get in touch if they can help us.”

Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.

CONTACT: Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.