A MAN has been arrested and charged on suspicion of killing a deer with a dog in the Ribble Valley.

Officers from Ribble Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team along with several of the immediate response teams from Colne have been involved in targeting rural criminal activity.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: "One person was arrested and charged for killing a deer with a dog in Bolton-by-Bowland and further male reported for Summons for poaching offences in the Barnoldswick area.

"Dogs, poaching equipment including lamps snares and purse nets have been seized, along with a vehicle used to commit rural crime.

"A number of vehicle stops were conducted and I would like to thank those member of the rural communities who were unfortunately delayed in their day to day activities for their patience and tolerance as well as the support they have shown us.

"Please report any suspicious activity in rural areas on 101 or 999 in emergencies. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."