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Stag on loose in Newry shot dead by police

A stag on the loose in Newry has been shot dead by police marksmen.

It was in the St Patrick's Avenue area of the city.

Police said several attempts were made to safely and humanely manage the animal.

A PSNI spokesman added: "Regrettably, officers were required to shoot the stag as it had become very agitated and posed a risk to the public.

"Officers had liaised with a vet and qualified deer stalkers were in attendance at the scene."

The Police Ombudsman has been notified.

David Wilson, spokesman for the USPCA, said the stag had been in a densely populated area of the city.

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