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Man offers reward after hedgehog found taped to lamppost in South Oxfordshire


Aug 29, 2022

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A MAN is offering a £500 reward for information after a hedgehog was found taped to a lamppost.

The hedgehog was discovered wrapped in cling film and stuck to a lamppost in Abingdon Road, Drayton, on Friday afternoon.

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Laura Hughes, who found the dead mammal, told this newspaper: “My concern is that animal cruelty is known to lead to other serious offences and while I doubt the person responsible for this will be found, it may be helpful to the police if there is a pattern of behaviour going on.”

Oxford Mail: The hedgehog was found taped to a lamppost in DraytonThe hedgehog was found taped to a lamppost in Drayton

Now, a County Durham man has contacted the Oxford Mail to say he is offering a cash reward for information.

Justin Bissell said: “I would like to offer a £500 reward for any information that leads to an arrest/prosecution of the vile person responsible for this horrible act of cruelty.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police previously confirmed the Drayton incident is being investigated by the force.

The spokesperson said: “A woman reported to Thames Valley Police that at 2.30pm on Friday, she found a dead hedgehog wrapped in cling film and taped to a lamppost in Abingdon Road, Drayton.

“The incident is being investigated and we would urge anyone with information to contact the police via our website or phone via 101, quoting reference number 2495 (26/8).”

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This story was written by Liam Rice, he joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Liam covers politics, travel and transport. He occasionally covers Oxford United.

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