Numerous reports of discarded remains of farm animals being found in Banbury have resulted in a police appeal for information.
The remains of sheep and goats have been reported on Ironstones off Longelandes Way in Banbury.
Fifteen reports were lodged to authorities at various times of the day throughout February.
They are; February 5 at 8.36am and 2.06pm
February 6 at 2.16pm
February 7 at 1.11pm
February at 8 4.34pm
February 25 at 1.17pm and 2.35pm
February 26 at 9.25am, 3.50pm, 3.53pm, 6.50pm, 6.58pm, 7pm and 7.17pm
and February 27 at 10.33am.
Unconfirmed reports from the public also indicate that the animals may have been mutilated.
Sgt Paul Smith from Banbury police station said: “We’d like hear from anyone who may have seen anyone on Ironstones with black, plastic bags on these days at these times. It may be you saw individuals or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area at these times and we’d ask you to get in touch with the details.
“Aside from the distress caused to the public on finding these remains, there is clearly a health hazard if animal remains are not disposed of correctly.
“We believe the remains are of livestock or farm animals, so if you keep livestock and any of your animals have gone missing, we’d also ask you to ensure that a report is made to police.”
Thames Valley Police can be contacted on their 24hour non-emergency 101 number or an anonymous report can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.