A headteacher has spoken out after dozens of dead animals were dumped outside her school near Romsey.

The bodies of 25 animals including pheasants, hares, chickens and one deer were fly-tipped outside the gates of Awbridge Primary School this morning - sparking disbelief among residents.

Pictures show the carcasses, some of which had been run over by motorists, strewn across Danes Road.

Headteacher Jayne Fahey said some of her staff came across the horrific sight on their way to work but police and council workers cleared the scene before children arrived.

In a statement, Mrs Fahey said: "As headteacher, I am truly saddened by this event and struggle to comprehend why anyone would think it an appropriate thing to do.

"My main concern is for the well being of our pupils and the members of staff who were exposed to the scene prior to children arriving and I am extremely proud of how they dealt with situation.

"Thankfully, the police and council responded immediately to ensure the scene was cleared before any children arrived at school.

"We are pleased to confirm there has been no disruption to the children's learning. We will continue to work with the Police whilst they complete their investigations."

Daily Echo: Awbridge Primary School headteacher Jayne FaheyAwbridge Primary School headteacher Jayne Fahey (Image: Awbridge Primary School)

Police said they received calls about the incident at 6.30am.  

A resident who drove past the school on her commute to work said: "It was a very grim scene - I don't know why someone would do that in front of a school of children."

She added: "A friend of mine was brought to tears by what she had seen."

The incident comes almost four months after 40 animals were dumped on Longstock Road, north of Stockbridge.

The remains of the animals were found scattered in the road on November 26, with police launching an investigation. The incident was believed to have been linked to hare coursing.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting the reference number 44240058633