Tyne & Wear

Dozen chickens flee car stopped in County Durham police chase

Car with chickens in it Image copyright Cleveland & Durham RPU
Image caption Police officers chased the loose chickens on foot after they escaped from the suspect's car

A dozen chickens were discovered in the back of a car after a police chase in County Durham.

The driver made off and the birds escaped from the boot when Cleveland and Durham Police stopped a vehicle in Horden, Peterlee, on Monday night.

The man was arrested after officers gave chase. It is thought 12 chickens and tools found in the car could have been stolen from a farm.

It is unknown whether all of the fleeing birds were recovered.

The suspect remains in custody.

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