POLICE are investigating after a number of "hunting" dogs were reported running besides the A55 on Anglesey, on Boxing Day. Police also found a dead fox in the same area.

A member of the public had contacted the North Wales Police to report approximately six "hunting" dogs running along the eastbound on-slip, near Gaerwen, at 1.55pm, on Monday December 26.

Officers were dispatched and some of the dogs recovered by the police, who also found a dead fox in the immediate area.

A police spokesman said an investigation was now underway to identify the dog owners, the circumstances under which the animals were loose on the road and how the fox died.

Anglesey’s chief inspector Mark Armstrong said: "Local and roads policing officers were quickly on the scene, and fortunately the dog’s presence close to the A55 caused no collisions. Within 30 minutes of the call, the dogs were recovered and handed over to a local person.

"I’m grateful to the member of the public who made the initial call, as this may well have prevented a more serious incident.

"An investigation is now underway to ascertain if any criminality or other offences were committed and I’m appealing to anyone who was in the area who witnessed events to contact North Wales Police, particularly if they have mobile phone or dash cam footage.

"We’d also like to hear from anyone else who can assist.

If you can help this investigation please contact North Wales Police control room direct via web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx. Alternatively phone 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 ref. V193403.