Arrests after wild animals 'killed by hunting dogs'

Five men have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after reports that cats and wild animals were being killed by hunting dogs.

Fifty police and 19 RSPCA officers took part in raids in Firthmoor, Darlington, which saw four 18-year-olds and a man aged 19 being held on suspicion of animal cruelty.

The operation followed reports from the public that dogs were being used to hunt cats and wildlife in the Darlington area.