Police have said they are "sickened" after disturbing images of two boys appearing to hold dead ducks while posing for a photo appeared online.

The photos, taken from an Instagram account, appeared on Orpington Gossip's Facebook page hours after concern was raised about cruelty to geese in St Paul’s Cray Recreation Ground.

Police have now published a witness appeal after it was reported that youths were also seen torturing geese in the area.

The appeal read: "Police were sickened to see and hear of the recent actions of some against our local wildlife.

"We are looking into it and want to see those responsible brought to justice. In order to do so, we want anyone who has witnessed any incidents of cruelty against waterfowl in and around the Orpington area to get in touch with us at Crayvalleywest.snt@met.police.uk

"If the community have any information, including images of any damage caused, of those responsible or if they know the identities of those involved please get in touch.

"Whilst there will be patrols in the affected areas by locals police and Bromley Council Ward Security, we’d like to encourage anyone who witnesses any further incidents to contact police as soon as possible."

One woman, who lives in Carlton Parade, spoke to News Shopper anonymously.

She said: "I am a mad animal lover. If these kids can do that then they will end up killing people god forbid. This is how it starts.

"I can't comprehend how they can do it. I've spoken to them in the past and there is no talking to them. They stand there and call you names.

"They are vile, my god they are awful."

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One of the photos, which appears to in Carlton Parade, shows one boy holding a catapult in one hand and a dead male duck in the other.

Alarm was first reported by an anonymous contributor on Orpington Gossip who wrote about finding a "tormented goose" who was "sat in a pool of blood, pouring from its head and wing".

If you have any information you are advised to share it with police.