Police looking into ‘deliberate killing of a deer by dogs’

The deer that was found dead in a field near Abbey Mill.
The deer that was found dead in a field near Abbey Mill.

An investigation is under way after a dead deer was found in a field near Abbey Mill in Morpeth on Tuesday, February 7.

Northumbria Police said it appeared the animal had been deliberately killed by dogs and the matter was subsequently brought to its attention.

Local officers have been made aware of this incident and are monitoring the area. Anyone witnessing what they believe to be poaching activity should contact the police as soon as they can.

Don Churchill, the force’s wildlife co-ordinator, said: “Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

“Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.”

He added: “We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers.”