Police have hit out at 'sick-minded' deer and hare coursing gangs that kill wildlife for fun.

Gloucestershire police's rural crime team discovered a number of dead animals, believed to have been ran over, near Duntisbourne yesterday (Friday).

A Tweet stated: "Deer and hare coursing gangs don't just course with dogs.

"They also run down wildlife in vehicles just for "fun".

"No doubt pleasuring their sick minds."

Police were also called to reports of hare coursing and the shooting of pheasants near Birdlip on Thursday, while in Wiltshire police have seized a car they believe was used by hare coursing gangs.

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