Darts found in BarryAn RSPCA appeal for information has been launched after darts made from nails were found in a garden in Barry, prompting fears they were used to target animals.

The home-made darts, made from nails with plastic and paper for flights, were found on 2 May in the back garden of a Phyllis Street property in the Vale of Glamorgan town.

Anyone with information about the darts has been urged to contact the RSPCA. There is some concern the darts were used to target animals – such as gulls or cats – in the local area.

In North Wales, in recent weeks, the RSPCA has already responded to three gull shootings in Prestatyn, and a cat shot in Wrexham.

However, it is unclear whether the nails may have been adapted for other purposes – and the RSPCA hope a plea to the public for relevant information could help provide clarity.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “These two darts were found in a back garden of a Phyllis Street house in Barry, and have caused suspicion.

“There is some concern these darts could have been used to target local animals – and we’re urging anyone with information to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“It is possible there is an innocent explanation for this – and these nails may have simply been modified, then abandoned by workmen. But builders have told us they have never seen nails adapted like this – with plastic and paper used for flights.

“We’d urge anyone with information about this incident to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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