POLICE rescued three ferrets from illegal poachers taking place in an Oxfordshire village.

The animals were seized on Wednesday after officers were alerted of 'illegal ferreting' taking place in Ashbury.

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Thames Valley Police shared a photo of one of the rescues on Facebook and added: "This ferret's days of running his illegal bunny chasing operations are over.

"The three ferrets have now been rehomed and have retired from their crime life."