Deer shot by firearms officers after being hit by vehicle in Plymouth
A deer had to be put down after being involved in a collision with a vehicle in Plymouth today, say police.
A walker spotted a deer lying in distress in Plymbridge Road next the the Fine Tubes building.
The police were called at 7.20am and a vet was asked to attend.
Unfortunately the deer was too badly injured to be saved and armed firearms officers dispatched the deer.
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Plymouth City Council are responsible for disposal of the body.
Police say drivers are not required by law to stop at the scene of a collision involving a deer.
Plymouth police wildlife crime officer Ryan Canning said: "Plymbridge Road is an area that attracts lots of deer and this time of the year is particularly bad as the animals move around most at dusk and dawn which at this time of year, coincides with rush hour.
"Sadly the animal had to be despatched to prevent further suffering."