Severed deer head placed on New Forest memorial stone in latest appalling ‘occult’ attack

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A severed deer head has been removed from a centenary stone in Hampshire which has been linked to the ‘occult’.WARNING: This story contains an image of the scene that readers may find distressing.

On the following day, Hampshire police received a report that five sheep had been stabbed in Cadnam. The incidents come after 50 dead animals were scattered outside a community shop in Broughton. Two men were arrested and later released after the corpses of hares, a barn owl and a kestrel were found dumped outside Broughton Community Shop on March 15.

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In February, 25 dead wild animals including pheasants, hares and a decapitated deer were found close to a primary school on Danes Road in the village of Awbridge, six miles away from Broughton.

Retired police officer Chris White, who works in Shappen Stores in Burley, said of the latest incident: “It was myself that removed the severed head from the memorial stone in the centre of the village.

“A member of the public came into the shop and said there’s a severed head on the centenary stone with a hedonistic upside down cross.

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“People are quite appalled because children were walking by, because it was a rotting head after all.”

Mr White said that rumours had circulated that these animal attacks were linked to a Green Man parade which happened shortly afterwards and added: “There is no evidence to suggest it was but everyone is clutching at straws.”

He added that the village had historic links with witchcraft as it was home to Sybil Leek, who was called ‘Britain’s most famous witch’, in the 1950s.

Countrywatch officer Pc Matthew Thelwell, of Hampshire police, said: “We are investigating two incidents, the most recent of which was reported to us on May 9. This was a report of five sheep which had been stabbed in Cadnam.

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Photo of a deer’s head on a New Forest memorial stone and an upside down cross place next to it in Burley village. 


Picture credit: Christopher White/PA WirePhoto of a deer’s head on a New Forest memorial stone and an upside down cross place next to it in Burley village. 


Picture credit: Christopher White/PA Wire
Photo of a deer’s head on a New Forest memorial stone and an upside down cross place next to it in Burley village. Picture credit: Christopher White/PA Wire | Christopher White/PA Wire

“The previous incident was reported to us on May 8. On that occasion, a deer’s head was found on a milestone next to Burley High Street.

“Officers have been in contact with the owner of the sheep, as well as Burley Parish Council.

“After being made aware of this incident, officers have been completing follow-up inquiries, including house-to-house and CCTV scoping in the nearby area, as they attempt to identify the person(s) responsible.

“We understand just how distressing it is for someone to make a discovery such as this, as well as how upsetting these incidents are for the community as a whole.

“Our officers and teams will continue patrolling in the affected areas, as well as engagement with the local community.”