Heap of dead animals removed after being left by public footpath near Baldock

A walker took a photo of a heap of dead animals within yards of a public footpath, in Spital Wood,wh

A walker took a photo of a heap of dead animals within yards of a public footpath, in Spital Wood,which is situated between Baldock and Wallington. - Credit: Archant

A heap of dead animals which were left yards away from a public footpath near Baldock have been removed.

Police investigated the heap – which was situated on privately-owned land in Spital Wood – after reports from concerned members of the public, but upon arrival yesterday morning they discovered the dead animals had been removed.

Despite many people reacting to a picture of the heap – taken by a ‘horrified walker’ – on social media with outrage, police confirmed that the animals had been lawfully disposed of.

A police spokesman said: “Utilising the skills and local knowledge of our countryside partners, officers from the Rural Operational Tactical Support Team have been able to establish that what is believed to be a stink-pit on land near Baldock has been removed.

“Stink-pits are often used by gamekeepers and farmers as places to dispose of animals such as rabbits and squirrels which have been lawfully destroyed.


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“In this instance the location of the stink-pit was unfortunate and has caused offence but as it no longer appears to be at the location no further action is required.”

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