More than 200 sheep worth £20,000 stolen near Dorchester

More than 200 sheep worth £20,000 stolen near Dorchester

Published by Justin Gladdis at 1:27pm 16th April 2019. (Updated at 7:38am 17th April 2019)

They were taken from fields along A37.

More than 200 sheep estimated to be worth £20,000 have been stolen from farm land near Dorchester.

Dorset Police say they were taken sometime between Friday 2nd March and Monday 8th April 2019 on fields along the A37 near Dorchester.

The 211 sheep which were stolen are mainly Suffolk, Texan and cross breeds.

Each sheep is valued at £95, bringing the total loss to over £20,000.

The sheep tag numbers involved are 230336 and 341825.

Police Constable Matthew Brennan, of Dorchester police, said: "This theft, as with many crimes in our rural community, has had a big impact on the victim.

"We are carrying out a number of enquiries to find those responsible.

"I am appealing to anyone who has any information about the theft to please contact us.

"We would also urge farmers and members of the rural community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity they encounter.

"For more information on how to protect your livestock visit www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/rural-crime/."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police atwww.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190052667. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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