Humberside Police

A hedgehog attacked by a group of boys in Scunthorpe suffered injuries so serious it had to be put to sleep.

Humberside Police said the animal was attacked in the Grange Lane South area of the town and they are now looking into the circumstances of the incident.

According to Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital based in Appleby near Scunthorpe, it happened during the afternoon of Monday, October 12 and the hedgehog suffered damage to its head and internal injuries, as well as losing an eye.

A statement from the force said: “Specialist wildlife crime officers are investigating reports that a group of boys in Scunthorpe attacked a hedgehog, causing injuries so horrific it had to be put to sleep.

“It’s understood that the animal was attacked in the Grange Lane South area of the town and while we have not been contacted by anyone who directly witnessed the incident, we have been made aware of posts on social media and are looking into the circumstances.

“We appreciate that people will be distressed and angry about what has reportedly happened but ask that they do not publically speculate on who may involved.”

Anyone with information to assist in establishing the circumstances and who is responsible should contact police on 101 quoting log number 67 of October 13.

Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital was furious about the alleged incident.

Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital vented its anger at the situation on social media, saying: “If anyone who lives in the vicinity of Grange Lane South and saw some young people kicking a hedgehog around please contact us.

“Hedgehogs are not footballs, netballs, objects to be poked with sticks, kicked, set fire to or throw around and as such these actions causing unnecessary suffering to an animal are subject to prosecution.

“Its face was smashed in, its jaw broken, both eyes out, bones sticking out and massive internal bleeding and it was in terrible pain.”

A man allegedly stole medical equipment from the back of an ambulance as paramedics went to the aid of a patient at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Humberside Police published an image of 48-year-old John Teanby, who they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police believe he may be in the Scunthorpe area, but have not yet been able to track him down despite extensive enquiries.

However, the force did not specify whether he is a suspect or a witness.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Humberside Police on 101.

Humberside Police have issued an e-fit of two men as they continue their investigation into reports of an attempt robbery on the B1203 between Binbrook and East Ravendale.

A man was driving along the road when a dark coloured saloon-style car with lights in the grill flashed at him shortly after 6.45pm on Wednesday, October 7.

Both vehicles pulled over and two men got out of the saloon car. They approached the other vehicle and threatened the man, who was able to drive away, but he was left very shaken by the incident.

Police are appealing for information to help identify the men and to find out where their distinctive face masks are being sold.

Detective Inspector Tom Kelly said: “At this point in time we have not received any reports of similar incidents but we’re anxious to establish the circumstances of what happened and find the men responsible.

“We have been following up a number of lines of enquiry but are now appealing for your help in identifying these men. If you believe you recognise either of them, please get in touch.

“Similarly, we are also appealing for help in finding out where their distinctive face masks are being sold.”

Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on 101 quoting log number 445 of October 7.

Alternatively, it can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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