A lamb has been killed in an apparent crossbow attack on a farm in north Wales.

The devastated farmer, who does not want to be named, discovered the dead lamb on a farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.

Sergeant Rob Taylor, from the North Wales Police rural crime team, uploaded a picture of the lamb to his Twitter account.

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The picture also showed the lambs legs had been tied together by a piece of orange twine.

Anyone with any information on the attack is asked to call North Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Attacks against livestock have been increasing on farms in recent weeks, according to both police and insurance companies.

Police in South Yorkshire are still hunting an attacker who went on a killing spree in the Doncaster area last month.

Up to 20 lambs were killed or were put down after they were shot on two separate farms. One lamb was stabbed to death.