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Police are appealing for help after a newborn lamb was shot in the head and killed with an air rifle.

The lamb was found dead with a pellet lodged in its head on a farm in Brotton, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland.

The incident happened at Shepherds House Farm between 8:30pm on Sunday (26 April) and 10am on Monday (27 April).

Farmer Maurice Bolton, 72, found the dead lamb at about 8am on Monday after a walker alerted him.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Richy Bailey of Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.