Two suspected poaching incidents – including a deer found dead in woods – have prompted a warning from police for people to stay alert in the countryside.

Bridport police said there was an incident of criminal damage to a padlock and wire of a gate to fields in the Corscombe area last week. Unknown offenders then entered the field driving over and damaging newly sown crops, 'likely for the purpose of poaching or coursing'.

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Bridport police also said the remains of a deer were found in woods in the area of Hilfield, 'likely linked to poachers.'

A police spokesman said: "Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us on 101. If you witness any crimes in progress, please call us on 999."