211 sheep stolen from Dorchester farm

Officers investigating the theft of more than 200 sheep from farmland near Dorchester are appealing for witnesses and those with information to come forward.

The incident happened between Friday, March 22 and Monday, April 8 on fields along the A37 near Dorchester where 211 sheep were stolen, which are mainly Suffolk, Texel and cross-breeds.

The owner of the sheep put their value at around £95, bringing the total loss to over £20,000. The sheep tag numbers involved are ‘230336’ and ‘341825’.

Police Constable Matthew Brennan, of Dorchester police, said: “This theft, as with many crimes in our rural community, has had a big impact on the victim.

“We are carrying out a number of enquiries to find those responsible.

“I am appealing to anyone who has any information about the theft to please contact us.

We would also urge farmers and members of the rural community to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity they encounter.

“For more information on how to protect your livestock visit the Dorset Police website.”

Those with information should contact Dorset Police at via email on: [email protected]; or by calling ‘101’, quoting occurrence number ‘55190052667’.

Alternatively, information can be passed on anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800-555-111; or on the Crimestoppers website.