Playtime at a Darlington primary school was disrupted yesterday when a curious deer was spotted close to the grounds.

The inquisitive animal was rooting around in the shrubs at the edge of St Augustine's school grounds when it was seen by staff.

The school confirmed that the deer did not enter the playground or any areas where the children were.

But it was decided that it would be sensible to keep the children in during break time to prevent the deer getting scared and running onto the main school site.

A message to parents yesterday read: "Hello, just a little update regarding outdoor break today.

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"Unfortunately, due to a deer in the school grounds, the children were unable to play outside at break time today - they have instead enjoyed indoor break.

"All the relevant agencies have been informed regarding the deer."

The school informed Darlington Borough Council about the deer incident.