Two men have been arrested in a North Devon woodland on suspicion of deer poaching.
The men, aged 40 and 42 and from Barnstaple, were arrested on Sunday following a crackdown on the illegal practice. A police helicopter launched a search of the West Down area after gunshots were reported by a member of the public at 5.30pm. Police found a dead deer and firearms, and arrested the men on suspicion of unlawfully killing a deer and taking a deer at night.
The arrests followed a series of meetings in the area to increase awareness of poaching and unite landowners and police for the crack down.
Sergeant Paul Jones urged people to report signs of poaching immediately. He said: "There is an increased focus on poaching and extra patrols have been directed towards this matter."
Signs of poaching should be reported on 101.