A ROEBUCK has been rescued after becoming tangled up in a cricket net in Whiteley.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called after the trapped animal was spotted at the cricket club earlier today.

The RSPCA were also called and staff from both organisations helped to free the roebuck.

The RSPCA has previously issued a warning regarding nets, stating: “We understand that many people are not aware that netting used to fence off areas and netting used for gardening or in sport can be really dangerous for animals – we’re trying to raise awareness of this.

"We would urge those using netting for sports to remove and store all nets after their game and put any discarded or old netting safely in a bin. Any garden netting, such as pond netting, should be replaced with solid metal mesh."