A CCTV image has been released after cruel vandals broke into a community farm, smashed windows and threw bricks at some of the livestock.
The East Hull Community Farm was targeted by the thieves on Tuesday night (May 22).
"Last night thieves broke into the farm. The worst thing, by far, they did was throw bricks at the pigs," a Facebook post reads.
"Defenceless animals - how evil is that? How some people sleep at night we will never know. They vandalised the large greenhouse and stole hanging baskets ready for customers to pick up, plants, a white sack, which held our empty hanging baskets, and, once again, our watering wand.
The vandals also broke into a chicken hut, smashed the door of a large greenhouse and smashed all the windows in the farrowing shed.
"If you have any idea who has done this act of cruelty and destruction to a community farm - please get in touch.
"The pigs are fine so please do not worry. We all feel so sad and very angry. Thank you for your continued support to the farm and our trainees."
The Facebook post has been shared over 1,800 times with many people sending their best wishes to the community farm staff and condemning the thieves.
Mary Elizabeth Gibson wrote: "I’m lost for words. You must be devastated by such deliberate cruelty. Please don’t let this get you down - you have the support and best wishes of the whole community. Your work is fantastic."
Will Willbobs Adams posted: "Hope you get back to normal. I’m a farmer up at Brandesburton. Can’t believe they were trying to harm the animals. If you need a hand getting things back to normal I’m more than happy to lend a hand.
The incident comes as the NFU has calls for a rural police team in each UK force as well as the creation of a new government taskforce to address failures in dealing with incidents in the countryside.
It came as statistics from the 2017 Commercial Victimisation Survey showed rural crime has spiked since 2013.
NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “These new figures will come as no surprise to farmers on the ground who often feel in a state of siege from the criminal fraternity.
“Crime in the countryside is not a simple fix, and it needs commitment and resource from both the police and Government. With suspected links to organised crime, any solution needs cross-departmental co-operation in Government to address this issue with a consistent approach.”