A HUGE flock of sheep has been stolen from a field near West Haddon – the latest in an epidemic of illegal sheep butchery and theft in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
A total of 64 ewes were taken from a field off Foxhill Road sometime between 3pm on Wednesday (August 7) and 3pm on Thursday (August 8).
Northamptonshire Police are investigating as part of its operation tackling a spate of similar incidents.
Sergeant Sam Dobbs said: “We are treating this incident as part of our ongoing Operation Stock investigation, and from evidence at the scene we believe some sort of trailer was used to steal these ewes.
“This incident sadly highlights the need for ongoing vigilance from everyone – farmers, residents and everyone living, working or passing through our countryside.
“If you see something which seems unusual or suspicious, please call police immediately – the information you provide could be crucial to our investigation.
“The patrols which have been taking place in this area remain ongoing alongside a range of other policing activity as Operation Stock continues.”
Anyone with information on the West Haddon theft is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 – or 03000 111 222 if calling from outside Northamptonshire – stating incident number 19000419459.
Visit www.northants.police.uk/OpStock for more information about Operation Stock.