Beheaded swans found in Devoran
Two beheaded swans and four swan carcasses have been found in Devoran by Devon and Cornwall police.
A member of the public alerted Cornwall and Devon police after they found two beheaded swans on the mudflats opposite Greenbank Road in Restronguet Creek on Tuesday.
Upon arrival officers discovered four more swan carcasses in various states of decomposition around the area.
It is not known how or why the birds died, but police are looking for people in connection with the incident.
PC Paul Freestone, the wildlife crimes officer for Cornwall, said: “At this time we have no way of knowing how these swans died but the fact that they have had their heads removed leads us to believe that they were killed illegally.”
All six birds have been identified as part of the Mute Swan species.
It is understood that the two beheaded swans died between two and three weeks after the other four.
Killing a swan or any other wild bird is considered an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Anyone with information should ring Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 and the reference GT/13/1987.