A police investigation has been launched after a sheep was killed ’with a sharp implement’ and thrown into a river.
The farm animal was found in the River Ash after what police described as ’an unprovoked cruel attack’.
Officers were called to Squires Bridge Road in Shepperton on June 8 where they found the sheep, which had sustained ’cut wounds’.
PC Timothy Mcgonagle said: "This is an unprovoked cruel attack on a defenceless sheep who was nursing lambs. Someone must know who has done this and we urge anyone with information to contact us."
"If you were near the reservoir on the days leading up to when the sheep was found, and remember seeing anyone acting suspiciously, please call us.
"I would also advise anyone to report any suspicious activity involving livestock to us.
"If livestock are making more noise than usual - check if anyone is in the field or has disturbed the animals. Use ear-tags, horn brands, freeze marking or tattooing to make animals easily identifiable."
We would like to talk to anyone who may have information on a dead sheep that was found with cut wounds in The River Ash, #Shepperton earlier this month (believe to be Fri 7 / Sat 8 Jun).— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice)
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We would like to talk to anyone who may have information on a dead sheep that was found with cut wounds in The River Ash, #Shepperton earlier this month (believe to be Fri 7 / Sat 8 Jun).— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) June 20, 2018
Anyone w/info pls \uD83D\uDCDE101 & quote PR/45180060427.https://t.co/ruD9b5ejOl
Last month, a police investigation was 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 NFU has called 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.
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.