DEAD animals were dumped outside a Calmore home, sparking a police investigation.
The bodies of rabbits and a deer were left at a house in The Croft on Sunday – an incident described as “shocking” by a neighbour.
A nearby resident – who did not want to be named – said that according to police the family living there had been due to move out soon.
She said a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) had said animals were first left outside the home on 14th February and the family living there quit the property soon after.
“She [the PCSO] said that there were deer and rabbits that had been dumped outside the house which had clearly been shot. Unfortunately, I was unable to help as we had not heard anything,” the neighbour added.
“I asked how my neighbour was, as I knew that they had a young family. The PCSO told me that they were understandably shaken by the incident and had no idea why they had been targeted.
“She went on to tell me that they weren’t from the local area and that they were moving, so hopefully it was a one-off.”
The neighbour added: “The family moved out and I don’t think that there is anyone living there at the moment. They haven’t lived there long – they moved in during the first lockdown. They were very friendly and always say hello if we saw each other.”
This morning the latest dead animals were seen still outside the property – but had been covered with bin bags.
A Hampshire police spokesperson said the force had no record of an incident on 14th February but there had been one on 21st February.
“A number of deceased animals were discovered and a police investigation to ascertain the exact circumstances of the incident is under way,” he said.
“Were you in the area at the time? Did you see what happened?”
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to call Hampshire police on 101, quoting 44210065186.