Duck 'killed by stone-throwers' in Salisbury park

An animal cruelty investigation is under way after a duck was reportedly killed by stone-throwing youths in a Wiltshire park.

Police said they were seen abusing the creature in Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury, at about 1500 BST on Friday.

A member of the public tried to rescue the seriously injured duck, but it died.

A police spokesman said: "This was a despicable attack on a defenceless bird."

Two girls

Police were called but the offenders had left when they arrived.

A Wiltshire Police spokesman said officers would like to speak to two girls, aged about 16, in connection with the attack.

One had dark brown hair, and studs in her eyebrow, lip and tongue. She was wearing black jogging bottoms.

The other girl was wearing a bright green and yellow hat, and was riding a pink and purple mountain bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the force.

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