West Mercia Police is appealing for information after sheep were killed on two different farms in Claverley, Shropshire.

The first attack occurred on Friday (March 8) and the second happened on Sunday (March 10).

Insp Lee Medlam said there will be an increase in police presence around the area in Shropshire as West Mercia Police continues to investigate the sheep deaths.

“You will see an increased police presence around the area as we carry out investigations into the two incidents,” he said.

“Officers will also be available to talk to anybody who may have any information that will help with our enquiries and to answer any questions the community may have.

“We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in and around Claverley on Friday or over the weekend to please contact us.”

Alternatively, those who wish to remain anonymous can share information via Crimestoppers.

Sheep worrying

The National Sheep Association (NSA) aims to highlight the devastating issue of dog attacks on sheep during its week long awareness campaign at the end of this month.

As daylight length increases, dog walkers tend to spend more time outdoors, meaning that the chances of dog attacks on livestock from occurring are increases.

As well as that, the spring months are also the peak season for lambing in the UK, which puts vulnerable stock even more at risked of being chased or attacks by dogs.

A survey conducted by the NSA on sheep worrying by dogs will launch the ‘2024 Sheep Worrying awareness week’ on Monday, March 25 from 12:00p.m until 1:00p.m.

The campaign will include social media activity using the campaign hashtag ‘#LeadOn’, online case studies and content on the NSA website.

NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “Farmers are taking what steps they can to protect their flocks including displaying signs, moving sheep to areas with less public access and working with communities via social media but unfortunately, these actions are having little impact in improving the number of sheep worrying incident.”