An investigation has been launched after two teenagers were seen firing a catapult at geese.

The incident was reported on June 20 when the animals were attacked on the River Wandle near London Road, Mitcham.

The RSPCA is investigating and the matter was also reported to the police.

While no injured birds were found at the location, the RSPCA is keen to hear from anyone who may have any information regarding this incident.

RSPCA Inspector Francesca Tambini said: “While details are quite limited, we have been made aware that two youths were seen firing catapults at geese along a stretch of river in Mitcham.

“There have been reports that this was not the first time this has happened.

“The first youth was described as an adult male around 5ft 7ins tall with black hair and around 19 years old and of slim build. The second was described at 5ft 5 ins tall with lighter hair and around 17 years old.

“I am appealing for witnesses and I would urge anyone with information to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and it is illegal - except under licence - to take, injure or kill wild birds or interfere with their nest or eggs. The maximum penalty, if found guilty, is six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine