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Lambs stolen from Maiden Castle field

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Published at 11:24am 17th February 2019. (Updated at 11:25am 17th February 2019)

Police are investigating how 14 Suffolk black face sheep were taken from a farmer's land.

Officers tell us this happened at 'some point in the last week'.

The lambs are identifiable from the blue mark they have in the centre of their shoulder.

Dorchester Police are now looking for information into the theft, particularly if anyone saw any suspicious activity in the fields around Maiden Castle.

If you can help, you're asked to call Dorset Police on 101, or email them on 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, quoting reference number 55190023794.

ADVICE FOR FARMERS:

This kind of crime can be devastating for livestock owners, and there's some advice for smallholders from police:

"Please remember to keep the gates to your livestock locked and make sure that the hinges are capped to prevent the gate being lifted off its hinges.

"Consider fitting wildlife or trial cameras to fields where livestock are present to detect vehicle or person movement, or fitting early warning intervention alarms that will link to your phone. Livestock tracing systems may also help."

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