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Despite the Covid-19 pandemic seeing a 20.3 per cent fall in rural crime costs totalling £43.3 million in 2020, the lowest annual level in five years, thieves returned to UK farmyards with new tactics and targets.
Nottinghamshire Police have launched an appeal to catch the people responsible for the ’brutal slaughter’ of 18 lambs in a ’savage’ dog attack, which were discovered dead or seriously injured by a distraught Warsop farmer.
Farmers’ mental health has been adversely impacted by sheep worrying incidents, with feelings of anxiety, anger, stress and frustration running high, according to a National Sheep Association’s (NSA) survey.
In a bid to protect farmers from repeat crime, NFU Mutual has launched a pilot scheme with manufacturers Honda and Yamaha to install free tracking devices and immobilisers on replacement quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles.