Two ducks are dead and a swan is missing after vandals struck at a Kirklees park.

Determined hooligans waded across the lake at Wilton Park in Batley over the weekend to assault the birds living there.

Kirklees Council said the thugs lifted up the duck’s houses and threw the ducks and ducklings into the lake.

Two were killed and a swan which lived there has disappeared.

Wilton Park
Wilton Park

The vandals also damaged a new fence around a children’s playground, and left graffiti in other areas.

A spokesman for Kirklees Council said staff and visitors had been left upset by the destruction and death.

He added: “Many people visit the parks just to feed and see the ducks.

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“The friends’ groups have raised money to build the houses, and hopefully we can repair them and put them back.

“This kind of mindless attack is heartbreaking for all the team, volunteers and visitors involved in the park, but two ducks have died and the swan is still missing, its so sad.”

Wilton Park
Wilton Park

The horrific animal abuse comes just a few weeks after a similar incident at Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury.

The council said duck houses provided by the friends of the park were vandalised and litter strewn across the area.

Two years ago a goose was found with its beak ripped off at Wilton Park. It was later nursed back to health.

In 2002 thugs with air guns massacred all the ducks and ducklings at Crow Nest Park, ruthlessly killing a mother duck and her nine chicks in the process.