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Stag shot dead after rampage in Newry city centre

Northern IrelandBy Jamie McDowell
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A stag has been shot dead after going on the rampage in the centre of Newry, County Down.

A spokesperson for the USPCA said it still wasn't clear whether the animal has escaped from a farm or had come down to the city from Cooley Forest.

The animal was shot by marksmen in the St Patrick's Avenue area.

The police had earlier warned people not to approach the St Patrick's Avenue or Water Street areas.

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson said: "Following a report of a stag running loose in the St Patrick’s Avenue area of Newry this morning specially trained firearms officers were tasked to assist. 

"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."