Oh deer - sports day off

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A SCHOOL Sports day had to be can­celled when a deer made its home on a play­ing field.

The an­i­mal ap­peared on the play­ing fields at Hurds­field Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School al­most two weeks ago. But no mat­ter how much coax­ing, wav­ing and en­tic­ing by staff and the RSPCA, the deer could not be per­suaded to leave the field.

The deer has taken up res­i­dence in the trees and shrubs at the end of the field and keeps out of sight for most of the day, but its pres­ence means the chil­dren haven’t been able to use the field since it ap­peared on June 21, mean­ing the end of year sports day planned for June 23 had to be can­celled.

Celia Pickard, head­teacher at the Hully Road school, said: “The sports day had to be can­celled, not be­cause of the weather, but due to a deer run­ning loose on the field. Al­though the chil­dren were dis­ap­pointed they were highly ex­cited to think there was a deer on the grounds. They stood by the gate to the field hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the celebrity an­i­mal.”

It is un­known how the deer got into the field or where it came from, but it would have had to cross at least two roads to end up at the field.

Mrs Pickard added: “There are only two more weeks left be­fore the hol­i­day and Sports Day hasn’t hap­pened yet. Let’s hope the deer is suc­cess­fully re­moved soon so we can have Sports Day and it will be busi­ness as usual.”

A spokes­woman for the RSPCA said the deer would have to be tran­quil­lised in or­der to be safely re­moved from the field, which re­quires a li­cense from Nat­u­ral Eng­land. She said: “An in­spec­tor vis­ited the site but it was de­cided that a tran­quil­liser was needed to safely col­lect the deer.

“In or­der to ob­tain the tran­quil­liser a li­cence is needed from Nat­u­ral Eng­land. This was ap­plied for as soon as pos­si­ble and Nat­u­ral Eng­land has ad­vised the in­spec­tor will have the li­cence by the end of the week.”

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