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Dog dies after picking up tennis ball in woods near Stamford, and several more fall ill

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Police have this evening (Saturday) reported that several dogs have fallen ill and one has died after picking up a tennis ball in woods near Stamford.

In a statement made on its Facebook page, Grantham-based police are warning dog owners who take their dogs to Morkery Woods near Castle Bytham, and Twyford Woods near Colsterworth.

The statement read: "We have received reports of dogs falling ill and one dog has sadly died after picking up a tennis ball at Morkery Woods and Twyford Woods.

Lincolnshire Police (30510765)
Lincolnshire Police (30510765)

"It is not known at this time if the tennis ball was contaminated or if this was a result of something else.

"Please be vigilant if you do come across any tennis balls and if possible, please dispose of any found with care."

This is one of a string of incidents at Twyford Woods. In October last year, dog owners were urged to be vigilant after a number of upturned nails were found in the woodland.

Meanwhile, in June last year vandals sprayed swastikas across the woods, which is a former Second World War Allied airfield.

Anyone with information, or who locates a tennis ball which could be contaminated, is asked to call Lincolnshire Police wildlife officer Martin Green at Martin.Green@lincs.pnn.police.uk or call the force non-emergency 101 number and quote incident 57/121 20/03/2020.

Officers are asking for exact location details to be provided, and advised what3words or Google maps can be used to do this.

READ MORE: Stamford area news.

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