A wildlife charity has revealed its fears for Lancashire’s badger population after finding several disturbed badger setts in villages north of Preston.
Police in Broughton have launched an investigation after evidence of spade marks had been found around the site - which has not been disclosed in order to protect the animals.
Today the charity revealed it had seen an increase in activity across Lancashire, which it believes is down to people digging down into the setts and releasing dogs to fight with the badgers.
Seven incidents in the Preston and Chorley area were reported to the charity in the last year - four were sett digs, others involved snaring.
PC Chris Banks, of Preston Police, said: “We would ask the rural community to be vigilant, and look out for people with dogs, maybe in vans, and to report any suspicious activity to us.”
Anyone with information can call 101.