Eight lambs have been shot dead by high powered rifles in a field near Doncaster, just six weeks after they were born.
Farmer Michael Brookes of Stoupers Gate Farm, Hatfield, found four Texel lambs yesterday morning (Tuesday March 22) which had clearly been shot.
"I found the four and knew straight away they had been shot," Mr Brookes said.
"I found two more later on which had been injured, so went to take them to the vet.
"The vet confirmed the lambs had been shot six times and we are absolutely disgusted that this could happen."
Two more lambs were later found by the edge of the field.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the Crow Tree Bank or Sandtoft Road area of Hatfield over the last few days.
Chief Inspector Adrian Brown from Doncaster said: “This incident has shocked the farming community and has caused a significant amount of distress to the farmer."
Cameras at a nearby pub show the attack was believed to have been undertaken by a gang of ’lampers’, wielding high powered rifles, who carried out the shooting between 10:30pm and 11pm on Monday night (March 21).
Mr Brookes added: "I don’t know whether this is some sort of revenge crime, as police have recently repossessed cars from lamping groups in the area."
Local farmers are ’up in arms’ about the attack which has left Mr Brookes devastated.
Chief Inspector Brown said: "This act of violence is concerning and it’s vitally important we identify the person or people responsible for this incident.
“If you saw anything suspicious, or have any information that could help us find out who did this, we need to hear from you.”