Plucky pheasant proves a game bird as it sparks false fly-tip alert
Hidden cameras set up to catch fly-tippers have instead been triggered by a feathery intruder.
As part of a crackdown on illegal waste dumping, Durham County Council installed a series of CCTV cameras at known hotspots.
But after the team were alerted to possible criminal activity being caught on camera, they instead found footage of an inquisitive pheasant having a look down the lens.
Durham County Council's neighbourhood protection manager Ian Hoult said: "There was some excitement in the office when it was thought that one of our cameras had been triggered and again caught a criminal.
"But thankfully on this occasion, nobody had fallen 'fowl' of the law."
The council said since launching Operation Stop It in November 2014, there has been a 29% decrease in fly-tipping across the county.