AN investigation into the death of a fox near Nantwich in December will not result in illegal hunting charges, Cheshire Police say.

An allegation of 'hunting a wild mammal with dogs' – contrary to the Hunting Act 2004 – was investigated after a fox was killed in Wrenbury.

But the probe has found 'insufficient evidence' to reach the benchmark for prosecutions under the act.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: "Detectives gathered video evidence and interviewed a number of people present or with relevant information.

"Early investigative advice was also sought from the Crown Prosecution Service due the complexity of the case.

"As a result, the investigation team have concluded there is insufficient evidence that the incident amounted to deliberate and intentional hunting, as required by the Hunting Act 2004, and it has been decided that, on this occasion, no further action will be taken.

"All parties involved have been informed of the outcome.

"The constabulary is still actively investigating a number of other incidents, alleged to have occurred during the hunting season.

"We reiterate our commitment that where allegations of unlawful activity are made, they will be fully investigated."