Police hunt for sheep thieves

Latest news from Northumbria Police.
Latest news from Northumbria Police.

Police are appealing for information after reports of sheep thefts at farms in Northumberland.

On Tuesday, September 30 police received a report that around 270 sheep were missing from a farm at Elsdon, Northumberland. It’s believed to have happened between Monday, March 3, and Saturday, September 20.

And on October 3 police received a report that 30 sheep were missing from a farm in Bellingham, which happened between Thursday, May 1, and Tuesday, September 30.

The farms cover large expanses of land and it’s difficult for vehicles to navigate.

Sergeant Ian Forster, Northumberland Area Command, said: “These types of incidents remain uncommon across Northumberland but are a concern due to the high value and effect they have on farming businesses.

“Inquiries are ongoing into each report and anyone who has information is asked to get in touch with police. I’d also urge anyone who sees suspicious vehicles or people in their area to contact police straight away so we can investigate.

“People are encouraged to contact local police with any concerns they may have.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.