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Advice For Farmers In North Yorkshire After Livestock thefts


9:13am 29th October 2014

Since mid-September, 228 lambs and sheep have been reported stolen from farms near Kirkbymoorside, Fewston near Harrogate, Skipton, Settle, and Thornton Le Clay, York.

The breeds which have been taken include Continental, Texel, Suffolk, Swaledale and Lonk sheep, as well as pedigree Beltex ewes.

Farmers can take a few simple steps to help prevent themselves becoming the victims of this type of crime:

  • make regular checks on stock kept in fields
  • make sure that hedgerows and gates are in good repair
  • fit capping hinges to gates so that they cannot be lifted off and securing gates where possible
  • for livestock kept in barns or sheds, consider fitting CCTV so they can be seen from the farm house

If stock is stolen farmers can help the police to identify their animals by:

  • ensuring they are correctly tagged and have an accurate record of all animals
  • taking pictures of any particularly expensive animals

People living in the countryside can also play a part in reducing rural crime. if they see anyone they don’t know a vehicle they don’t recognise make a note of the details. If they see any suspicious activity they should contact the police straight away.

Police Sergeant Martin McLachlan is the Wildlife Crime Co-ordinator for North Yorkshire Police:

“I am asking farmers to make sure that they make regular checks of their livestock."

“If you see anyone acting suspiciously or unusual vehicles in or around fields containing livestock, I urge you to contact the police immediately. We would far rather attend and not be needed than miss the opportunity to arrest and deter criminals from offending.”

Sergeant McLachlan added:

“We are also keen to speak to anyone who may be offered meat in suspicious circumstances and ask them to get in touch straight away.”

For more information about farm security please visit http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/farmsecurity.

Anyone who sees suspicious behaviour in the countryside should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the details to the Force Control Room.

For those who would prefer to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111.

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