POLICE are investigating after a second dead fox was found during a hunt in Cheshire.

The fox was found on land in Darnhall while a hunt was taking place today (Tuesday, January 8).

The discovery has sparked outrage online, leading the police to release a statement on social media.

Cheshire Police tweeted: "We’re aware of discussions taking place online following the discovery of a dead fox on land in Darnhall while a hunt was taking place today.

"We'd like to assure everyone we are investigating the matter and making enquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident."

Police are already investigating an incident amid at a trail hunt in Huxley, near Tarporley, on Saturday.


Police are investigating the incident in Huxley

A force spokesman said: "Shortly after 1.30pm on Saturday, Cheshire Police were notified that a fox had been killed while a trail hunt was taking place in the Huxley area.

"An investigation into the circumstances has been launched, and a number of parties are being spoken to.

"The role of the police is to enforce the law impartially."We recognise how emotive this issue is and we would like to assure everyone that the matter will be thoroughly investigated."

The police and crime commissioner Mr Keane last year ordered an independent review into fox hunting in Cheshire.

He released a statement regarding Saturday’s incident, stating that he expects the incident to be ‘thoroughly and robustly investigated’.