Northamptonshire Police: Another 25 sheep illegally slaughtered


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Operation Stock - 25 illegally slaughtered sheep discovered this morning

15:02 09/09/2019

Police are urging witnesses to come forward after 25 illegally slaughtered sheep were discovered at a farm in the Thornby area in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 9 September).
Operation Stock is the ongoing investigation into incidents of sheep butchery and theft, with the latest incident discovered in a field off the Welford Road at about 8am today.

Inspector Tracy Moore, who leads on rural crime for Northamptonshire Police, said: “Unsurprisingly, the owner of these sheep is devastated and my officers are working around the clock to bring whoever is responsible for these monstrous acts to justice.

“The pace of this investigation is unrelenting and proactive officers continue to patrol the county’s rural areas both day and night.

“I am appealing for the public to be extra vigilant and to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in rural areas or around livestock – it is likely offenders are carrying out daytime scoping exercises and I urge people who see suspicious vehicles to contact police.

“I also appeal for anybody who has any information about the sale of cheap meat with unknown provenance to come forward – we remain concerned about illegal meat entering the human food chain, as recent use of veterinary medication could mean it’s unfit for human consumption.

“Alongside our Trading Standards partners, our advice to the public remains to only buy meat from reputable outlets, and to avoid buying cheap meat in suspicious circumstances.”
Anybody with information should contact police on 101, or 999 if they believe a crime is in progress.

Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to contact police, quoting incident number 89 of Monday, 9 September.

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