Farmers told to take action after 100 sheep stolen from Cornwall farm

Farmers in Cornwall are being urged to install CCTV on their land and ensure their sheep are traceable after a 100-strong flock was stolen. Police are appealing for information after the flock was taken from a farm in the village of Trerulefoot, which is about halfway between Liskeard and Saltash. Rural campaigning group the Countryside Alliance has issued advice to farmers following the theft.

It’s urging them to use CCTV, strong lighting and security fences, as well as marking their animals with specialist paint so they can be identified, and to use internal trackers.

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Mo Metcalf Fisher, of the Countryside Alliance, said: “We are very disturbed by the reports of a flock of sheep being stolen in Cornwall and hope they are found and returned swiftly, while those responsible for the theft face the full force of the law. “We urge the public to report suspicious activity, that is if they suspect a theft to be taking place, to the police immediately. “Rustling has a larger effect than the immediate cost of the crime – losing sheep which have been bred over multiple generations has a long lasting financial and emotional impact. ”

Advice issued by Countryside Alliance

Do not to approach suspected thieves.

Use TecTRACER paint to make sure that animals can be traced back to an owner if they are stolen. As well as installing CCTV, using security lighting in yards and drives and set up geo-fence alerts can go a long way. Keeping regular count of flocks is incredibly important.

The sooner the theft is recognised, the higher the chance of getting the sheep back before they are illegally slaughtered. Use internal trackers such as mineral bolus’, which don’t pass through the sheep. Time is key, as rustlers may remove them upon slaughter, so notifying the police quickly will give owners the best chance of return.

Grazing sheep away from the road, if possible, is helpful in prevention. The animals were taken sometime between Thursday, January 2, and Monday, January 6. Devon and Cornwall Police issued an alert about the theft yesterday.

It said: “Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating the theft of 100 sheep from farmland in the Trerulefoot area of east Cornwall between Thursday the 2nd and Monday the 6th of January. “The rural crime team would advise all to ensure that the appropriate security is present and remain vigilant for suspicious activity. Crime prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website .

“Anyone able to offer information regarding this incident is asked to email  101@dc.police.uk  or by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CR/001799/20. “Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at  www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Thank you.” A police spokesperson said all the sheep belonged to one farmer and many may have been pregnant with lambs.

They added: “A theft of this size is unusual, but not unheard of.

“You would need a decent sized truck to load up that many sheep or potentially the suspects could have done a number of trips.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have any information about the thefts.”

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