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Police are appealing to farmers for help in solving two large-scale sheep thefts.

In Scotland, sheep rustlers struck at a farm at Braes Of Doune, near Comrie, in Perthshire between September last year and June this year.

A total of 134 sheep, with a value of almost £10,000, were stolen.

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The sheep are blackface ewes and hoggs, all with EID chips in their ear tags, which are marked with the number UK0543847.

All have ear clips of a half-moon shape at the front top of both ears, which is unique to their home farm.

Appealing for information, a Police Scotland spokesman said: “It is appreciated that this is a long period of time and the area of farmland is extensive, so it is unlikely that anyone may have actually witnessed any of the thefts.

“However, it is possible that members of the farming and rural communities may have come across some of the animals being offered for sale.”

Lancashire theft

Meanwhile, south of the border in Lancashire, 33 Swaledales have been taken from a farm in Slaidburn in the Ribble Valley.

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “The sheep have a UK mark of 18 26 48 and a horn burn of TR.

“Please be aware if you are offered any sheep for sale and if you are a livestock owner please take all necessary precautions to protect your animals.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.