Rustlers steal 270 sheep worth £20,000

Almost 100 sheep and 200 lambs have been stolen from a farm in Somerset, in what is believed to be one of the biggest single livestock rustling thefts ever recorded.

Sometime between overnight Thursday 10 May and Friday 11 May, rustlers raided the land at Steart Marshes, near Bridgwater.

In total 92 ewes and 184 lambs were taken, of a mix of breeds, although the majority are Pedigree Easycare ewes.

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Avon and Somerset Police described this breed of ewe as “very unusual” and should easy to spot, especially if they’re being held in a field. 

Pedigree Easycare ewes often look skinny and or bald as they shed their wool once it grows a few centimetres long. Therefore, fields in which they are kept will be full of the wool the sheep have shed.

‘Huge loss’

Appealing for information, Tony Freeman, a beat manager from the Somerset force’s rural crime team, said: “This is a huge loss for the farmer as it’s estimated the sheep and lambs are worth between £18,000 and £20,000.

“The sheep are not only unusual in their breed but they are also marked on their backs in green, numbers range between one and 400.

“If you see sheep or lambs matching this description in the area, or have information on their whereabouts please call 101 quoting the reference 5218103055.”

Anyone buying livestock is advised to check the provenance and respective paperwork relating to the stock in question.