Northern Ireland

Banbridge: Stag shot after collision with car

wild deer Image copyright Sam Rowley
Image caption A vet shot the wild stag to prevent any further accidents (Stag not pictured)

A wild stag has been shot after it got loose on the A1 Belfast to Dublin road and caused an accident.

A vet had to shoot the animal to prevent any further crashes, on what police described as "a fatal stretch of road".

It happened between the Rathfriland Road off-slip and the Outlet Shopping Centre in County Down on Wednesday afternoon.

The road was closed earlier but has now re-opened.

A police spokesperson said: "This is a timely reminder to watch out for wild animals on the roads.

"Thankfully no people were hurt on this occasion but a foot or so either side here and it (the animal) could have ended up going through a windscreen."

Image copyright PSNI
Image caption The car collided with a wild deer

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