Police in Scotland are appealing for any information regarding the theft of 55 sheep from the Laxay Common grazing area.

The sheep - specifically 32 sheep (many of which are in-lamb) and 23 lambs - had been out grazing as part of a herd between Saturday, February 12 and Saturday, April 2. When the herd was gathered in, the missing animals were noted.

They are described as a mix of Mules, Texel, Beltex crosses, black-faced and Oxford crosses. They are marked with green spray between their shoulders, along with either blue, green, red or purple raddle marks on their backs.

Extensive searches have already been carried out, with no trace found, suggesting that the sheep have been stolen, according to the police.

Constable Rick Henderson, from Stornoway Police Station, said: “Due to the number of sheep missing, it is possible that a vehicle, such as a trailer, was used to remove them from the area.

“We’re keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the theft, or saw any suspicious activity in the area.

"We’re also interested in speaking with anyone who believes they may have been offered the sale of these sheep recently.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on; 101, quoting CR/18154/22.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, if they wish to remain anonymous.