A hedgehog died after fireworks had been attached to his head and he set off in Lancashire.

The animal's injuries were so severe that it had to be crushed on Friday night after the incident in Pendlebury Close, Longton.

Lancashire police said in a Facebook post: "It is very sad to say that the hedgehog had to be knocked down because of the extent of his injuries.

"We ask anyone who has information about this incident to contact us."

Anyone with information is requested to call police at number 101, stating protocol 1702 of 8 November, or to provide anonymous information to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

It came only one day after two boys, ages 11 and 14, admitted to killing a hedgehog in court.

The schoolboys departed in September in Hayton Close, Sunderland, for the helpless animal, which was called by the locals as a "little man".

The police investigating the attack later discovered other videos of animal cruelty on one of the boy's phones.

The films included teenagers who encouraged a dog to fatally injure a rabbit and pigeon chicks.

Both boys pleaded guilty to five crimes, including unnecessary suffering for an animal, cruel treatment of a wild animal and killing a wild bird on Thursday in front of the South Tyneside Magistrates & # 39; Court.

The boys were referred to the youth-endangering team, and one of the sentencing options is re-education through volunteering at a wildlife charity.

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