Cumbria

Vehicle sought in pet labradoodle shooting on Birkrigg Common

Police say a white Land Rover Defender was used by those responsible for the shooting of a pet dog being walked by its owner in Cumbria.

The miniature labradoodle was being walked at Birkrigg Common, Little Urswick, near Ulverston, on Monday afternoon when it was shot dead.

Detectives are hunting the occupants of the Land Rover which was seen speeding from the scene.

No-one else was hurt. Police have increased patrols in the area.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "From the accounts provided so far it is believed that the occupants of a white coloured Land Rover Defender were responsible for the fatal shooting while the owner, a woman from Barrow, was walking out of sight some distance behind.

Unknown motive

"This was a very distressing incident for those involved and a team of local officers are investigating in an effort to establish the full circumstances.

"Officers have been visible in the area since, and have been appealing to local dog walkers in an effort to trace potential witnesses.

"We are especially keen to speak with a couple who were walking a spaniel dog in the area and who may well have witnessed the incident.

"This is a crime that has not happened in the area before and we are determined to find out what the motive was for this incident and exactly who is responsible."

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