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Five headless animals found near Bournemouth path

Decapitated animals Image copyright RSCPA
Image caption The RSCPA said the animals had been laid out with their heads removed.

A row of five decapitated animals, found by a student walking home from school in Bournemouth, is being investigated by the RSCPA, it has emerged.

A bearded dragon, two white mice, a brown bird, and a white rat were found lined up by the side of a path near Hengistbury Road on 7 July.

The RSCPA said the heads were cleanly removed and had not been recovered.

Inspector Patrick Bailey described it as a "gruesome discovery".

He said: "They are all domesticated species and appear to have been decapitated and then intentionally laid out for someone to find.

"Obviously the public footpath is a popular route for many of the students on their way home from school and I would imagine this was why it was chosen"

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