A SWAN has been killed and two others injured during an "appalling incident of cruelty" in Rhyl.

North Wales Police said it is investigating the incident, in which stones were thrown at the three swans, near the lagoon of Rhyl Golf Club on Sunday, May 2.

CCTV footage showed two young males in the area at about 8pm, police said. The incident was reported to the force before 8am this morning.

The injured swans are being cared for at a local veterinary surgery.

Inspector Chris Jolley said: “This is an appalling incident of cruelty. We are working directly with the RSPCA and urge anyone who may be able to assist with our ongoing investigation to come forward.

“We are aware of footage that is currently circulating social media and would urge anybody who may have information, or who may be able to identify the two males, to contact us immediately via the live chat on the force website or via 101, quoting reference number Z061031.”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101.

Police later confirmed that one juvenile is in custody and officers are actively seeking the second, but are urging people to not share photographs and names on social media.