Detectives in Lincoln are working to find out what happened to a swan that was reportedly beaten to death and stolen by a gang of five.
Lincoln’s RSPCA branch are trying to gather information after it was reported three men lured a swan near Firth Road with bread towards them.
They then proceeded to beat the swan to death with a stick containing nails before putting it in the back of the van before driving off.
While there are no descriptions of the men, the witness saw them scramble into a black van, and also had a white Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The first four digits of the van’s registration plate are FS06.
This is one of a number of swan deaths in the city over the last couple of months, and now residents have created a Facebook page to gather information on any suspicious death.
Lincoln’s swans are somewhat iconic to the city, due to their long-term stay at Brayford Pool and surrounding rivers.
Lincolnshire Police are currently investigating the incident alongside the RSPCA. Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.