AN APPEAL for information has been launched following a deer attack.

Witnesses described seeing a dog attacking a deer in Braywick Nature Reserve, Maidenhead, at around 5pm on Thursday (30/6) It is unclear as to whether the dog was a stray, but those who saw the attack believe wore a collar.

The dog has been described as a large, blonde, scruffy-looking Irish Wolfhound cross.

Investigating officer Sgt Robert Dalton, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “If you see this dog please contact police immediately on 101 and do not approach it.

“We are also advising owners to keep dogs on leads as a reminder that, although these kinds of attacks are very rare, dog-on-animal or dog incidents are extremely distressing for those concerned.

“The dog attacked the deer in daylight which is unusual. Witnesses saw the dog attacking the deer, including children, who found this incident quite frightening.

“I would like to reassure members of the public that we are investigating this incident, and I would appeal for the owner of the dog to come forward and speak to police. I would also remind people walking their dogs that, should they come across a dog in a similar kind of situation, they need to be vigilant and careful.”

If you have any information about the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.