THE RSPCA have launched an appeal for information after darts made from nails were found in a garden in Barry, prompting fears they were used to target animals.

The homemade darts, made from nails with plastic and paper for flights, were found on Saturday, May 2 in the back garden of a Phyllis Street property, in Barry Island.

Anyone with information about the darts has been urged to contact the RSPCA.

There is some concern the darts were used to target animals - such as gulls or cats - in the local area.

It is unclear whether the nails may have been adapted for other purposes - and the RSPCA hope a plea to the public for relevant information could help provide clarity.

RSPCA inspector, Simon Evans said: "These two darts were found in a back garden of a Phyllis Street house, in Barry, and have caused suspicion.

"There is some concern these darts could have been used to target local animals - and we're urging anyone with information to contact our inspectorate appeal.

"It is possible there is an innocent explanation for this - and these nails may have simply been modified, then abandoned by workmen.

"But builders have told us they have never seen nails adapted like this - with plastic and paper used for flights.

"We'd urge anyone with information about this incident to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018."