Sheep theft mystery

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SHeep rustlers have been busy on farmland between two Doncaster villages, police have revealed.

A ram and eight lambs are believed to have been stolen at different times from a field on a smallholding between Styrrup and Oldcotes.

Police were first called in last weekend to investigate the theft of a white Suffolk Cross ram, which is believed to have been taken on or around Friday, July 22.

The eight lambs could have been taken at any time between Saturday, June 25 and Tuesday, July 26.

PC David Taylor, of Bassetlaw police, said: “On his last count on June 25 the farmer counted all 45 of his flock present, but this month’s count revealed eight lambs were missing.

“The field is quite isolated, but it is edged by a relatively busy thoroughfare between the two villages. We’re hoping someone may have noticed something suspicious while they were driving through.”

The sheep may have been taken for meat because the value of fleece is negligible.

Anyone who saw anything or has information relating to the theft is asked to contact PC Taylor on 0300 300 99 99, extension 807 7471, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.