Bullet holes found in County Durham road sign

A County Durham road traffic sign was damaged by bullets in what police have described as an "irresponsible act".

The "keep left" sign, at Mile Lonnen, near Crook, was peppered with a number of holes from a .22 rifle, and shell casings were also found at the scene.

While the surrounding area is mainly fields, there are also a number of footpaths in the vicinity.

Police said the bullets would have travelled for some distance, putting anyone nearby at risk of serious harm.

A Durham Police spokesman said: "The shooter could be someone with a firearms licence who had recently acquired the gun and was trying to adjust the sights on the rifle.

"However, this was a very irresponsible act which could have had disastrous consequences."

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