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Deer killed and dumped near Ipstones

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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The remains of a female red Hind deer has been found dumped on a public highway which runs between two Staffordshire Moorlands villages.

Now the owner of the deer, Emma Conway, believes the animal could have been butchered for the meat.

The remains were found last Tuesday by a member of the public in Park Lane which runs between the communities of Foxt and Ipstones.

It is the second time this year Mrs Conway of Whiston, who runs a nearby small holding, has had deer killed.

She said: "Four of my animals died on New Year's Eve after dogs were let loose in the field.

"Two had been shot while the other two broke their necks running into a fence.

"It is not nice having people on your land with dogs.

"They are lovely animals and are just like pets.

"They also provide an income.

"It seems the latest deer was killed for meat because all that is left is the head, skin and bones."

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "We were alerted that the remains of a deer were at the side of a road in Foxt at around 3.10pm on Tuesday March 4.

"At this time the cause of death is unknown and it is not known how the carcass came to be at the location. Specially trained wildlife officers are aware and will be making inquiries.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 417 of March 4."

The discovery is the latest in a series of attacks across the district in the last few weeks.

A member of the public found the carcasses of goats and deer in a ditch at the side of a country lane in Werrington on Monday February 24.

Game keeper officers helped to identify the animals as two red deer, two fallow deer and two goats. Officers believe they were professionally killed, skinned and butchered for meat.

Earlier this year a pet stag and a pregnant ewe were savaged by a dog in Bagnall.

The dog mauled the stag, called Rudolph, to death after offenders broke into its enclosure at Jacksons Nursery.

Owners of the nursery, Roger and Ruth Jackson, found the body of the stag with its throat ripped out.

The ewe was found killed less than 500 yards from the nursery, and police believe it was the same offenders and dog.

A police spokesman added: "It is dangerous to eat meat from an unregulated butcher, so please only buy from reputable butchers."

The Post & Times revealed last week that dead badgers, tyres and plaster boarding had also been dumped on roads leading into Ipstones village over the last few weeks.

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