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Breeding rams killed and 'skinned for meat' by farm raiders

A police investigation has been launched after two rams were killed and skinned by farm raiders.

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The animals were found skinned at a farm in Eastington, Northleach, on Tuesday morning (October 16).

 

Wildlife Crime Officer PC Nick Westmacott said: "It is the belief they have been stolen for the meat, although this would be very tough to eat.

 

“One ram was left at the scene as if the offenders had been disturbed.”


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Details of the incident were posted on the ’Northleach neighbourhood’ Facebook page, prompting outrage from locals.

 

Delphine Hodgson posted: "That’s so terrible, I can’t believe someone did this - I hope they get caught and severely punished."

 

Pete Norman wrote: "The only positive side of this is that whoever eats them rams is going to have an absolutely disgusting meal. Most likely to be humans with zero taste.

 

"You don’t poach livestock to feed your ferrets. You might, however, poach several rams if you were an idiot.

 

This incident follows a police warning in April in which farmers were told to be on the look out for any suspicious activity.

 

 

Sheep had been found slaughtered in seperate attacks.

 

A police spokesman said: "Anyone living in areas where sheep graze should report any out of the ordinary activity such as individuals handling livestock.

 

"Members of the public should also be mindful of being offered meat for sale in suspicious circumstances."

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