Guardians of the New Forest have condemned a spate of hit-and-run incidents in which five animals were killed.

Two of the incidents occurred on Wednesday, September 27. A sheep was killed at Cadnam Green at 1.30am and two sheep died at nearby Wittensford at 11.30pm.

The other two collisions took place on Friday, September 29. A piglet was killed at Emery Down in the morning and a foal died near Cadmans Pool at 10.30pm.

All the free-roaming animals in the Forest are owned by people known as commoners - villagers with the right to let their livestock graze the landscape.

The commoning system is administered by the Verderers.

Issuing their latest round-up of animal incidents the Verderers said: "Very disappointing that all the RTAs were hit-and-runs."

Anyone who gives information leading to the conviction of a hit-and-run driver is eligible for a reward of up to £5,000.