Visitors and residents of Cumbria are being urged to keep their dogs under control when near livestock.

Cumbria Police has issued a warning and appeal to all in the county, reminding everyone that sheep worrying is an offence.

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, allowing your pet to frighten sheep and other livestock is against the law, and dog owners should keep their dogs under control – and on a lead – when close to farm animals and wildlife.

The constabulary took to social media to share the appeal, and a spokesperson said: "We would advise all dog owners and walkers to adhere to the Countryside Code which offers advice on walking dogs responsibly near livestock and wildlife.

"The stress alone of being chased by a dog can kill livestock.

"Help us stop livestock worrying, keep your dog on their lead near livestock."