Police investigate after deer found dead

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A DOG walker discovered two deer carcasses on New Year’s Day.

Police are appealing for information after two roe deer were found dead in a stream in a small wood, adjacent to Pasture Lane, Bolton-le-Sands.

It is thought they had been there for several days, and examination of the carcasses revealed they were killed by a crossbow or similar weapon.

Local wildlife crime officer PC Massingham said: “The use of a crossbow to kill any animal or bird in the UK is prohibited and carries a heavy penalty. This is a cruel mindless act committed by someone with total disregard to wildlife or animal welfare.

“In particular, we are eager to speak to, and locate, the occupants of a white Ford Transit van, which was seen driving slowly on Pasture Lane several days before the carcasses were found.”

Contact police on 101.