Police have today warned dog owners to remain vigilant after receiving reports of sausages embedded with nails being dumped at a Blackpool park.
Officers said dog walkers have reported several incidents to them in recent months, but as yet have found no actual evidence at Stanley Park.
But police said they are taking the allegations extremely seriously and have urged anyone with more information to contact them.
Sgt Dave Hannan, of Blackpool Police said: “We have been given this information from people in the area.
“We have released details so people are aware and to try and seize it (the sausages) as evidence.
“We have had rumours for quite a few months.
“We want people to be cautious in case it is happening. If it is happening people must be aware. I do not want to create a mass panic. We’ve spoken to dog owners but have no hard evidence at the moment.
“It could be happening and if it is let us know. If this is going on and we have sausages with nails it is a despicable act – it is awful.”
Stanley Park is one of the resort’s most popular attractions and is a favourite place for dog walkers.
But the concerns about the sausages have led to officers issuing safety advice.
Sgt Hannan said pet owners have been advised when walking with dogs in the park to make sure to keep the animal on a lead or put a muzzle on the dog to stop it finding and eating the sausages.
Anyone with any information can call police on 101.