Police are appealing for witnesses after a badger was shot dead and its carcass thrown into bushes at a cricket club.
The animal was found injured but alive at Ashover Cricket Club, Milken Lane, at around 7.50am on September 23.
The person who found it contacted Mid-Derbyshire Badger Watch, who then called one of Derbyshire police’s wildlife crime officers.
PCSO Mike Coates went to the club along with a representative from the watch group.
But by the time they arrived at about 10am, the badger had been shot and killed, and the carcass thrown into bushes at the back of the club.
It is an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 to kill, injure or take a badger.
Officers want to hear from anyone who might have information relating to the shooting of the badger.
Anyone who can help should call PCSO Coates on 101, quoting incident 158 of September 23. Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of the website www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.