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Police appeal after sheep shot by high-power rifle in Yorkshire

Offenders caused extensive damage to land as well as causing injuries so severe to a sheep, it later had to be euthanised.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a sheep was shot in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

 

Days after a cow was shot dead in York, the sheep is believed to have been shot between 10pm on Monday May 16 and 5am on Tuesday May 17, 2016.

 

The offenders caused damage to the land, including to hedges, crops and a gate, before shooting a sheep with a high-power rifle.

 

Distress

 

A spokesman from North Yorkshire police said: "The sheep was left suffering in great distress before the owners found it in the field several hours later.

 

"Sadly, its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised."

 

Police are appealing for anyone who knows anything about the incident, or saw any suspicious vehicles or people in the area to contact them as a matter of urgency.

 


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Do you know anything about this incident?

  • Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to email neil.cholmondeley@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or dial 101, select option 2 and ask for PC Neil Cholmondeley.
  • Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • Please quote reference number NYP-17052016-0054 when passing information.
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