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Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police

Crowds expected for Newcastle Mela

15,000 people are expected in Newcastle's Exhibition Park for the annual Mela.

The festival is based around a variety of South Asian cultures and has become an established date on the Tyneside calendar. It includes music, dance, stalls and food.

The Mela is taking place between 12 noon and 7:30pm.

Last year's Mela Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Medication stolen from Newcastle pharmacy

Police are appealing for information after thieves broke into a pharmacy in Newcastle.

The break in happened at Newbiggin Hall Shopping Centre in Newbiggin Hall in the early hours on Sunday morning. A quantity of medication was stolen.

Officers are reminding members of the public of the dangers of taking medication not prescribed to them.

Enquiries into the burglary are being carried out and anyone who saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in Newbiggin Hall early this morning is asked to get in contact. Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the medication.

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