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Two arrests after sheep 'beheaded' in County Durham

Two people have been arrested after a sheep was mutilated and beheaded in County Durham.

A man and a woman, aged 28 and 39, from Willington, have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and outraging public decency.

Durham Police said the body of a sheep was found in a farmer's field on Monday and its head was found in a rear yard.

The force said it is investigating claims the sheep's head was also shown to a number of young children.

A Staffordshire bull terrier and several knives have been removed from the pair's house on North Terrace.

An initial examination by a vet suggested the sheep was mutilated before it died, police said.

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