Councillor condemns dumping of 'satanic' badger corpse on pupils' route to Hounsdown School
A BADGER corpse left on a route to Hounsdown School in Totton has been condemned by a local councillor as an "immature, thoughtless act".
The badger was discovered within a five-pointed star daubed on the ground near the underpass at Spicers Hill on Monday, after a deer's head was found in the same area the previous Friday.
Police confirmed the latest incidents and said officers had liaised with New Forest District Council to have the animals "humanely dispatched".
It follows cases of New Forest sheep killed in 2019 and 2020, in which they were stabbed, mutilated and daubed with so-called satanic symbols.
Sgt James Blachford said: “We completely understand that these incidents will have provoked a reaction in the local community – especially given incidents of this nature have occurred previously across the Forest.
“The location of the incident suggests that this was a deliberate act in which to shock the local community as it was placed on a very public area and well-used route.
“We have conducted a number of initial enquiries, including high-visibility proactive patrols as well as house-to-house visits and scoping possible CCTV opportunities.
“There is nothing to suggest at this time that the animals were killed deliberately, nor any evidence at the scene that a ritual had taken place.
“Our enquiries remain ongoing, but if anyone has any further information about these incidents, or you have any concerns, please do engage with a member of our neighbourhood policing team if you see them out on patrol."
Totton councillor David Harrison said the culprits were "seeking to cause a bit of shock".
He added: "You don’t have to be a gifted intellect to anticipate that an idiot with a spray can and the stupidity to pick up some roadkill and dump it in a subway is responsible here.
"It is likely that it is nothing whatever to do with any satanic ritual.
"It’s just a very immature, thoughtless act completely devoid of any care for children who might witness what is an unpleasant sight as they walk to school.
"It would be nice if the people who did this decided to do something positive, like six weeks of litter picking, in order to balance this out as a debt to the community."
Anyone with information can call 101, quoting crime reference number 44220204768.