POLICE have launched an investigation after two men were seen battering a swan to death.

The suspects, believed to be male, were seen by a member of the public repeatedly hitting the swan with a stick on the River Don canal path in Mexborough at around 1.45pm on Sunday.

They are then believed to have left the scene heading towards the George and Dragon pub on Church Street.

Anyone with information is advised to call police quoting crime reference number 14/155254/19.