Published On: Thu, Feb 8th, 2024
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Huge tortoises found dead in UK woodland as police keep finding more bodies | UK | News

The mystery surrounding the death of an array of giant tortoises deepens – with the number now confirmed at nine. Police in Mid Devon are continuing to investigate, after initially find two dead in the Ashclyst Forest, roughly north-east of Exeter, on Monday 8 January

Cops are continuing to investigate after several deceased giant tortoises were found in the Mid Devon area in January.
Two bodies were found in Ashclyst Forest, roughly north-east of Exeter, on Monday, January 8 – and a further five were found nearby on Friday, January 12.

And police say two further bodies were located in the same area as part of the ongoing enquiries.

Devon and Cornwall Police has collaborated with the National Wildlife Crime Unit and the RSPCA to progress this investigation. Post-mortems are still to be carried out to establish the cause of death of the tortoises as the investigation continues.

A man in his 50s from the Exeter area attended a voluntary attendance police interview in relation to suspected offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Enquiries remain ongoing. 

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