Two teenagers who stabbed a hedgehog and then dropped a slab on it and repeatedly jumped on top have been given a nine month referral order.

The two 15 year olds from Shropshire admitted inflicting unnecessary suffering to a wild mammal when they appeared at Telford magistrates yesterday.

This incident took place in the Rutlands Estate at around midnight on 7th August 2022.

It was filmed by an anonymous person and later disclosed to the RSPCA and West Mercia Police. The hedgehog sadly died and it’s body was later recovered from a nearby bin.

The order means the boys will have to attend meetings with the Youth Offending Team and carry out some reparation work.