A LAMB has been killed on the Malvern Hills by a dog which was off its lead.

The killing happened on Thursday evening, April 4, at Joyner's Meadow, a fenced-off area of Malvern Hills Trust land on the slopes of Table Hill, one of the northernmost peaks of the range.

A trust spokesman said: "We're saddened to report that a lamb has been killed.

"Incidents such as this can be completely avoided and we urge dog walkers to put their dogs on a lead near livestock to stop this from happening again.

"Sheep and lambs can be found throughout the countryside at this time and so extra care should be taken."

The trust provides a weekly Stockwatch update which provides information about the locations of sheep and cattle on the hills and commons.

The killing comes just days after the trust announced a new dog training course which is aimed at giving owners the skills to control their pets around livestock.