Latest sheep slaughter prompts renewed police appeal - The Rugby Observer

Latest sheep slaughter prompts renewed police appeal

Rugby Editorial 20th Jul, 2019   0

SHEEP have been slaughtered and illegally butchered in a field near Harborough Magna – prompting a police appeal amid a spate of similar incidents.

Some 24 sheep were killed sometime between Tuesday (July 16) evening and Wednesday (July 17) morning.

So far in 2019, 103 sheep have been reported butchered in fields and 74 reported stolen from farms in Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police and partners are renewing their appeal for rural communities to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

Rural Crime Inspector Allison Wiggins said: “Theft and illegal butchery of sheep is a serious offence, which causes suffering to the animals, financial repercussions to farmers, plus puts at risk people’s health if they eat the meat.

“We have from the beginning of the incidents been working with colleagues in neighbouring forces who have experienced similar incidents, sharing best practice, intelligence and information.

“We would like to reassure the rural community that since the incidents occurred in March, Warwickshire Police put in place Operation Hillman with procedures to ensure incidents are followed up and all means of enquiry followed through.

“All relevant staff are briefed and proactive actions taken where possible.

“The investigation and operation is ongoing and everything is being done to catch the offenders.

“The importance of communities to be vigilant, report anything suspicious in or near fields of livestock cannot be underestimated. Thank you to those that have done so already, it has been a great help.

“If you suspect someone has attempted to target your animals, or find that you’ve lost livestock in this way, please report it to police immediately.”

Police are also appealing for information on where this meat may be going, any suspicious circumstances or information about the traceability of meat in any communities.

Warwickshire Police is urging the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity by calling 101.

Information can also be emailed to [email protected] in confidence or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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