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Police kill stag on loose in Northern Ireland

Police were forced to kill the stag that had been running loose in Newry because of the risk it posed to the public.

The animal was spotted running loose in the St Patrick’s Avenue area of in Newry and are advised the public not to use the steps between St Patrick’s Avenue and Water Street on Thursday morning.

Police warned the public not to approach the animal.

A police spokesman said: "Several attempts were made to safely and humanely manage the animal.

"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.

"As is normal procedure the office of the Police Ombudsman has been informed of the incident."

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