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."