Sheep beheaded in County Durham: Two in court

Two people have appeared in court charged with causing unnecessary cruelty to a sheep found mutilated and beheaded in County Durham.

The animal's carcass was found in a field on Monday and its head was discovered in a yard, police said.

The man, 28, and woman, 39, appeared before Peterlee magistrates.

The pair from Willington, who cannot be named, are also charged with child neglect, possession of a bladed article and criminal damage.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Durham Crown Court on 11 September.