Warning for Derbsyhire farmers after animals escape

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Police in Hathersage are urging farmers to check their land is secure following reports of animals escaping on to nearby roads.

Officers from the Hathersage and Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team are encouraging farmers to ensure the fencing around their fields is properly intact.

PCSO Anthony Boswell from the team said: “There have been a number of reports recently of animals getting out on to the road which poses a risk to both the animal and passing motorists.

“I would like to ask farmers to check that their land is properly secure to help to minimise the risk of their livestock escaping.”

Farmers are also being encouraged to sign up to the Farm Watch scheme – set up by police and local authorities to help cut-crime in rural communities.

The free service is led by police and local authorities who have teamed up with the National Farmers’ Union.

The project enables messages around crime prevention advice, witness appeals and information to be spread quickly among members.

To find out more about the scheme or to speak to the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Team call Derbyshire Police on 101.