Lincolnshire police are investigating a report of animal cruelty in which three sheep have died after being run over by a vehicle and one set alight, with a further eight missing.
The incident took place between Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18 at Surfleet Marsh, Lincolnshire.
It is thought a 4x4 vehicle entered the field and ran over three sheep, with one sheep dying from the collision.
One of the other two injured sheep was set alight while alive, which along with the other injured sheep, had to be put to sleep.
Investigating wildlife crime officer PC Martin Green said: “This is a horrific incident that has caused much upset to the farmer.
“Unfortunately, we do believe this was a deliberate act and we are carrying out investigations to bring the offenders to justice.
"We believe a 4X4 was driven into the field where the sheep were kept sometime between Friday and Saturday.
"Three of the flock were knocked down and have sadly died.
“The farmer has also reported that eight sheep are missing. We believe these eight sheep may have been chased into the River Welland or they may have been stolen.
“We would like to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation.
“Any information no matter how insignificant it may seem, may help us to investigate this cruel act and identify those responsible.”
Anyone with information can contact the force by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling their non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 168 of July 18.