Iwade farm police raid uncovers 'evidence of cockfighting'

Dead birds Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Officers said they found countless dead birds after carrying out a raid at the farm

"Countless dead birds" and other evidence of illegal cock-fighting have been found at a farm in Kent.

Kent Police said they made several "grim discoveries" at the farm in Iwade, while carrying out a drugs warrant.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and drugs offences and bailed.

Officers also found a barn stocked with up to 170 live birds and a suspected fighting ring, known as a cockpit.

'Combs removed'

Det Sgt Pat Holmes said: "While a significant haul of drugs was discovered, as well as a sizeable quantity of cash, countless dead birds were found on the site, suspected to have been involved in illegal cock-fighting.

"Officers also uncovered a barn fully-stocked with live birds, which at this stage are believed to have been bred for fighting."

Police found a number of dead cockerels with their combs removed, which the force said was common practice when breeding them for fighting.

Some of the dead birds were found in the boots of vehicles believed to have been stolen, police added.

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Image caption Officers found a barn stocked with live birds believed to have been bred for fighting

The remains of a dead horse were also found near a barn, at the farm in Raspberry Hill Lane.

Officers also found paraphernalia linked to training birds for fighting, and veterinary drugs.

About 100 wraps of a suspected Class A drug were seized and sent for analysis, Det Sgt Holmes said.

Several dogs were found, some of which were thought to have been stolen.

A 47-year-old man from Teynham and a 20-year-old man from Swanley were arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, proceeds of crime, possession with intent to supply and a series of theft offences.

A 21-year-old man from Upchurch was also arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

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