Investigation launched into blaze at badger sett on Isle of Wight

Police investigate badger sett fire

Police investigate badger sett fire

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POLICE are investigating after a badger sett was set on fire.

Officers say petrol was poured into the sett, which could have caused “extensive and unnecessary suffering”.

A red plastic container was left at the scene and the suspect may have suffered injuries.

It happened at St Boniface Down, on the Isle of Wight, on Monday (March 31).

Sgt Richard Stapleton who is investigating said: “We'd like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days.

“Did you see anyone with a red plastic petrol container? One was left behind at the scene and we think the person responsible may have suffered some injuries in committing this crime.”

He added: “This is a particularly cruel and reckless action that could have caused extensive and unnecessary suffering. There is no evidence at this time to say any badgers were injured, but the person responsible clearly has no regard for wild animals.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt Stapleton by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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1:12pm Wed 2 Apr 14

ToastyTea says...

Horrible, why would you do this, you have to be some sort of psychopath to do things like this to animals.
Horrible, why would you do this, you have to be some sort of psychopath to do things like this to animals. ToastyTea
  • Score: 20

1:19pm Wed 2 Apr 14

sotonbusdriver says...

When caught, they should be covered in petrol and set alight to... Have no sympathy for these cruel people..
The law needs to get more bite, and have punishments that fit the crimes....
There is something to be said for the biblical ways of punishment
When caught, they should be covered in petrol and set alight to... Have no sympathy for these cruel people.. The law needs to get more bite, and have punishments that fit the crimes.... There is something to be said for the biblical ways of punishment sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 12

1:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

buntyman says...

If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.
If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals. buntyman
  • Score: 7

1:56pm Wed 2 Apr 14

CrazyWorldOfArthurBrown says...

buntyman wrote:
If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.
The RSPCA have issued a statement saying 'This is the one thing we didn't want to happen.'
[quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.[/p][/quote]The RSPCA have issued a statement saying 'This is the one thing we didn't want to happen.' CrazyWorldOfArthurBrown
  • Score: 2

2:32pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

buntyman wrote:
If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.
Internet tough guy detected.....
[quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.[/p][/quote]Internet tough guy detected..... Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

2:39pm Wed 2 Apr 14

buntyman says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
buntyman wrote:
If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.
Internet tough guy detected.....
Not me. I won't use the internet. Online paedophiles can actually make your keyboard release toxic vapours that actually make you more suggestible...
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.[/p][/quote]Internet tough guy detected.....[/p][/quote]Not me. I won't use the internet. Online paedophiles can actually make your keyboard release toxic vapours that actually make you more suggestible... buntyman
  • Score: 4

3:26pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Bob Barnes says...

Whats the us with all of the comments above, just let the Authorities or others to get hold of the scum that did this terrible act
Whats the us with all of the comments above, just let the Authorities or others to get hold of the scum that did this terrible act Bob Barnes
  • Score: -4

3:35pm Wed 2 Apr 14

CrazyWorldOfArthurBrown says...

Security footage from St Boniface Down shows a Slot Badger disguised as a school. Have you seen him. Do you know him? Call us. - Yes, we must catch him. This man really is a shrub rocketeer
Security footage from St Boniface Down shows a Slot Badger disguised as a school. Have you seen him. Do you know him? Call us. - Yes, we must catch him. This man really is a shrub rocketeer CrazyWorldOfArthurBrown
  • Score: 0

3:57pm Wed 2 Apr 14

From the sidelines says...

I'm sure that this can't be the best way to cook badger. Surely the petrol would taint the meat.
I'm sure that this can't be the best way to cook badger. Surely the petrol would taint the meat. From the sidelines
  • Score: -7

4:24pm Wed 2 Apr 14

LadySam says...

scumbags - treat like for like; pour petrol on the perpetrators and see how they like it. Leave the badgers alone.
scumbags - treat like for like; pour petrol on the perpetrators and see how they like it. Leave the badgers alone. LadySam
  • Score: 2

5:56pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

buntyman wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
buntyman wrote:
If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.
Internet tough guy detected.....
Not me. I won't use the internet. Online paedophiles can actually make your keyboard release toxic vapours that actually make you more suggestible...
+1 internet points for you! Cake is a made up drug.
[quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]buntyman[/bold] wrote: If rumours are true and these were really slot badgers, then god help me if I get my hands on the two pin din plugs that attacked these poor animals.[/p][/quote]Internet tough guy detected.....[/p][/quote]Not me. I won't use the internet. Online paedophiles can actually make your keyboard release toxic vapours that actually make you more suggestible...[/p][/quote]+1 internet points for you! Cake is a made up drug. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

5:58pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

LadySam wrote:
scumbags - treat like for like; pour petrol on the perpetrators and see how they like it. Leave the badgers alone.
Wouldn't that then make us scumbags, and in turn earn us the same treatment? This is the problem with "an eye for an eye", y'see. Given that thousands of years of brutal retribution has done exactly diddly to eradicate crime, perhaps it's time to try something else.
[quote][p][bold]LadySam[/bold] wrote: scumbags - treat like for like; pour petrol on the perpetrators and see how they like it. Leave the badgers alone.[/p][/quote]Wouldn't that then make us scumbags, and in turn earn us the same treatment? This is the problem with "an eye for an eye", y'see. Given that thousands of years of brutal retribution has done exactly diddly to eradicate crime, perhaps it's time to try something else. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

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