Published: May 3, 2012
Calm down, deer! Runaway animal brings Highbridge to a standstill

This deer briefly brought the centre of Highbridge to a standstill on Wednesday (May 2nd) when it gave police, residents and wildlife carers the run-around.

Police briefly closed Church Street to traffic shortly after 10am after the animal was seen dodging in between moving cars along the busy road.

But despite the best efforts of police officers and wildlife carers from Secret World to capture the animal, no-one was able to catch the swift-footed animal, which even appeared to stick out its tongue at's photographer at one point, as pictured here!

"The deer almost caused an accident as it ran in between the cars along Church Street before leaping over several walls and running through people's gardens," eyewitness Jason Adams told

"The police and Secret World were called to try and catch it due to concern about its welfare and that of motorists, but no-one could catch it."

"It gave everyone the run-around and eventually made its escape through Highbridge cemetry, jumping over an 8ft wall in the process, and was then not seen again!"

The deer running past two police cars during Wednesday's chase

Secret World's carers arrived with a large net but the deer still evaded them

The deer took a quick breather before heading off again...

Police joined the search for the animal in hedges around the town centre

He's off again... the deer taking chase through town centre gardens

The deer eventually ran off through Highbridge's churchyard


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