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‘What could be next?’ - four-month-old calf shot dead by farm intruder

A farmer’s wife has issued an emotional plea on Facebook after a four-month-old calf was shot dead by an intruder.



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Calf dies after severe injuries from two shotgun wounds by intruder #ruralcrime

The four-month-old suffered severe injuries from two gun wounds during the attack between 12 and 1pm yesterday (August 6) in Conisbrough, Doncaster.

 

Despite best efforts from the farm vet, it later died.

 

Farmer Billy Collins, 67, said he had never seen anything like it and feared the person responsible could return.

 

“It was a young calf, only about four months old,” he said.

 

“Belgian Blue’s are of a small docile nature and are naturally very inquisitive.

 

“The vet said the first shot was head on before a second from the back as we presume it turned to get away.

 

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“It has to be somebody local because there are no major roads nearby – they just brazenly walked in the barn in broad daylight with a shotgun.”

 

Mr Collins said the police encouraged using social media as a platform to source information, as without immediate eyewitnesses or CCTV footage it would be difficult to pin down a potential suspect.

 

His wife Wendy issued an emotional plea for information on a Facebook post which has since had more than 3,000 shares.

 

She said: “We are determined to catch the person responsible for this despicable crime.”

 

Mr Collins added: “It has made me worried because you have to carry on with harvest, you have to sleep but that person is still out there. What could be next?

 

“All we want is some kind of information.

 

“I have never ever seen anything like it. I am 67 and have done this all my life but this is a step way beyond anything we have had before.”

 

The couple are offering a £500 reward for any information or leads.


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