POLICE officers in Darfield are appealing for information following reports that a swan was shot by two teenage boys.

South Yorkshire Police received a report from a member of the public that at around 4.10pm on June 27, two boys were witnessed shooting the swan with an air rifle on the River Dearne, near to Middlewood Park.

A spokesperson for the force said: “The boys, who are described as approximately 15 years old, fled the scene in the direction of Doncaster Road.

“Officers attended the scene and conducted a search for the boys, and attempted to locate the wounded swan to no gain.

“Enquiries are ongoing to locate those responsible.

“Officers are now asking for any information that might help them in their investigation. Were you in the area at the time? Do you know who might be responsible.

“If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 651 of June 27.”