Police are appealing for information after the killing of a deer in Stroud.

The deer is believed to have been shot as it had bullet wounds to its stomach, leg and neck.

A member of the public found a dead Roe deer on a footpath in the Brimscombe area earlier this week and reported it to the police on Thursday (July 1).

South West Farmer: The Roe deer was shot and abandoned. Picture: Gloucestershire ConstabularyThe Roe deer was shot and abandoned. Picture: Gloucestershire Constabulary

The exact location where the deer was found is Quarhouse Lane and it is believed that it may have been killed on the morning of Monday, June 28 as its wounds appeared to be fresh.

Under the Deer Act 1991, it is a criminal offence to poach, take or kill a female Roe deer during closed season.

As a result officers are asking anyone who witnessed the killing of the deer or has any information to please get in contact.

To share information with Gloucestershire Constabulary's Rural Crime Team, complete the online form here, quoting incident 235 of 1 July or call 101 and quote the same incident number.