A police investigation has been launched after more than 270 sheep and lambs were stolen from a farm overnight.
The 92 ewes and 184 lambs were taken overnight, from land at Steart marshes near Bridgwater, between Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11, and are a mix of breeds.
The majority of them are pedigree Easycare ewes.
This breed of ewe is very unusual and should be easily spotted if they are being held in a field.
Pedigree Easycare ewes often look skinny and/or bald as they shed their wool once it grows a few centimetres long.
Fields in which they are kept will be full of the wool.
Beat Manager Tony Freeman said: “This is a huge loss for the farmer as it’s estimated the sheep and lambs are worth between £18,000 and £20,000.
"The sheep are not only unusual in their breed but they are also marked on their backs in green, numbers range between 1 and 400."
If you see sheep or lambs matching this description in the area, or have information on their whereabouts please call 101 quoting the reference 5218103055.
This news comes as the NFU calls for a rural police team in each UK force as well as the creation of a new government taskforce to address failures in dealing with incidents in the countryside.
It came as statistics from the 2017 Commercial Victimisation Survey showed rural crime has spiked since 2013.
We’re appealing for info following a large sheep theft from land at Steart marshes near Bridgwater. Over 270 sheep were taken and we need your help to find them t.co/dawKvfPPO4— ASPolice Rural Crime (@ASPRuralCrime)
NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “These new figures will come as no surprise to farmers on the ground who often feel in a state of siege from the criminal fraternity.
“Crime in the countryside is not a simple fix, and it needs commitment and resource from both the police and Government. With suspected links to organised crime, any solution needs cross-departmental co-operation in Government to address this issue with a consistent approach.”