Police are appealing for information after an incident in the grounds of a hotel in which a deer was killed.

Officers were called following reports of suspected poaching at Whitworth Hall Hotel, near Spennymoor at around 9.30pm Thursday (October 15) night.

Staff reported seeing two men acting suspiciously with a dog.

Acting Sergeant, Paul Coleman, said: “This was a terrible incident and very distressing for staff.

“We would encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

If you have any information call 101 and quote incident reference number 441 of October 15.