Fifty newborn chickens were killed in a “sick” attack at a farm.

Police believe the three-day old chicks died after bricks were thrown into their pen at Knuzden Brook Poultry Farm on Haslingden Old Road.

Officers are appealing for information on a group of four or five youths were seen near to the entrance of the chicken pen at around 8.50pm on Tuesday, April 12.
Inspector David Mangan said the group was disturbed by an employee at the farm and ran off across fields towards the Knuzden/Staffa Crescent area.

He said: “I am absolutely disgusted by the inhumane actions of these sick individuals, who seem to have got some kind of pleasure out of the unnecessary slaughter of 50 newborn chickens.

“I believe it’s probably been committed by just one individual out of a group and I would appeal to those who weren’t necessarily directly involved to search their conscience, do the right thing and contact the police.

“I would also ask anybody at all within the community who may have any information about this awful incident to come forward.”

Anybody with any information should contact police on 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.