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Hampshire man, 40, arrested in relation to illegal sheep butchery

The man was arrested on Wednesday (July 24) on suspicion of criminal damage and theft.

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Hampshire man, 40, arrested in relation to illegal sheep butchery

A man has been arrested in relation to an ongoing investigation into illegal sheep butchery.

 

The 40-year-old, from Hampshire, was arrested on Wednesday (July 24) on suspicion of criminal damage and theft.

 

He has since been released under investigation, with inquiries ongoing.

 

Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell of Northampton CID, the senior investigating officer for Operation Stock, an initiative launched following a surge in the number of reports of sheep being killed and illegally butchered across the country, said: “We are taking this fast-moving investigation very seriously with a dedicated team following a number of lines of inquiry into these awful crimes.


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“We are receiving lots of intelligence into CID regarding Operation Stock and I would like to thank everyone who has reported suspicious activity to us.

 

“These reports are vital to our work and I would urge anyone with potentially relevant information to contact us via 101 or online.”

 

Impact

The arrest was made just days after the force promised farmers that incidents of illegal sheep butchery would be dealt with ‘as a matter of urgency’, after more than 150 farmers turned up to an impromptu meeting on the issue last week.

 

Rural crime lead at Northamptonshire Police Tracy Moore said the team was aware of the impact ‘these dreadful incidents have had on our farming community’ and that the Operation Stock police patrols were ongoing.

 

She encouraged anyone with information or who sees anything suspicious to call 101 quoting Operation Stock, or contact 999 in an emergency.

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