Three men have been arrested at a caravan park on suspicion of animal welfare offences.

Four puppies, two cockerels and two hens, as well as several weapons, were seized by police after a warrant was carried out on Tuesday morning (February 27) in East Challow.

The warrant was executed under the Animal Welfare Act at a caravan park in Woodhill Lane, supported by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

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Three men, aged 53, 31 and 24, all from the Vale of White Horse, were arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, failure to meet the needs of a protected animal, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

They have been released under investigation to allow further enquiries to be completed.

The animals are now in the care of the RSPCA who are park of an ongoing joint police investigation.

Superintendent Nicole Murphy, who led the police operation, said: “We have worked with our partners at the RSPCA to execute a warrant at a caravan park near East Challow.

“Three men have been arrested while eight animals and a quantity of weapons have been recovered.

Oxford Mail:  A caravan park in Woodhill Lane A caravan park in Woodhill Lane (Image: Google Maps)

"Our joint investigation with the RSPCA is ongoing.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “RSPCA officers joined Thames Valley Police as they executed a warrant at a caravan park in East Challow today.

“Four puppies and four chickens were removed by police and are now in RSPCA care.

"An investigation is ongoing so we won’t be releasing any further information at this stage.”