A DRAGON was spotted roaming the streets of Bishop Auckland this morning.

Fortunately, it was not a fire-breathing creature of folklore, but a small bearded dragon found outside Wilson Veterinary Group's surgery, on Tenters Street.

The lizard- which originates from the deserts of Australia so will not have enjoyed the icy start to the day- is currently in safe hands with staff at the practice, who have taken the lost animal into their care.

A nurse has agreed to take care of the lizard, while enquiries about its owner continue.

If you have any information, contact the Bishop Auckland branch of the vets on 01388-602707.