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15 Lambs stolen, Hollowell

Written by on August 8, 2019

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15 Lambs stolen, Hollowell

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Northamptonshire Police has confirmed an incident of sheep slaughter in the south of the county is being linked to its ongoing investigation into illegal butchery.

At 5.40pm on Sunday, August 4, a report was received about the butchery of six lambs at a property on the county border with Oxfordshire.

Officers are investigating the incident as part of Operation Stock, the force response to a number of reports of the illegal butchery of lambs and sheep across the county.

The theft of 15 lambs in Hollowell yesterday, August 7, is also being linked to the investigation.

As well as ongoing rural patrols and community engagement, Rural Crime Team and Neighbourhood Policing Teams are distributing a further 100 Operation Stock warning signs to farmers and landowners across the county, on top of an initial 50 provided thanks to funding from the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell of Northampton CID, the senior investigating officer for Operation Stock, said: “Our investigation is wide-ranging and ongoing, and we’re working closely with neighbouring forces who have experienced similar incidents.

“We’re also continuing our proactive patrols and community engagement work and remain very grateful to the public who continue to report suspicious activity and information to us.

“If you see or hear anything at all that could be relevant to our investigation, please call 101 quoting Operation Stock, make a report online, or dial 999 in an emergency.”

Call Northamptonshire Police on 101 with any information about Operation Stock. The latest incident numbers are 19000410722 (illegal butchery) and 19000416400 (Hollowell theft).

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