Police are warning dog walkers in Darlington to take extra care after food which is thought to have been deliberately spiked with harmful objects was left in popular parks. An apple with a metal screw pushed into the flesh was left in The Denes park on Monday.
It comes a month after sausages with nails hidden inside were left in the town's South Park. Police say a dog being walked in The Denes was close to eating the apple but its owners managed to spot the screw.
Police believe the food was left by someone intent on hurting dogs or wildlife. They're warning dog owners to be extra vigilant when letting their pets off the lead and ask anyone with information to come forward.