Police are hunting thieves who stole 126 sheep and two rams in a raid on a farm in Greater Manchester.
The offenders cut through a barbed wire fence, rounded up the sheep and herded them into a waiting vehicle.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) believe the thieves struck at the farm in Pilsworth Road, Prestwich, Bury, over two days between 21 November and 6 December.
Many of the sheep were marked blue and red (see tweet below).
In a post on the GMP website, officers posted: “126 sheep and 2 rams have been stolen from Whitefield. Please look out at nativity plays.”
No description of the offenders is available. However, a force spokesman said: “Do you have any information?
“Please keep a look out for these animals being sold, and report anything you believe to be suspicious to 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”
128 sheep stolen from Pilsworth in past 2 weeks.Any info Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.Many are blue and red marked. pic.twitter.com/livV7b0sYy
— GMP Whitefield (@GMPWhitefield) December 8, 2015
Top tips to tackle livestock rustling
- Padlock field gates and take time to inspect outside fences
- Ensure stock is clearly marked and records are kept up to date
- Visit your livestock every day but vary the times you do this – rustlers are likely to take note of your daily routine
- Where possible, keep livestock away from roads. An all-weather road can be a friend to livestock rustlers as they cannot afford to waste time on difficult terrain
- Keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles – if you see an unfamiliar vehicle moving slowly, it may be somebody scouting out your livestock
- Join a FarmWatch scheme
(Courtesy of rural insurer NFU Mutual)