Farmer devastated after hare coursers mow down six sheep

*WARNING: ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC PHOTOS*

Hare coursers deliberately ploughed through a flock of sheep, killing six animals in a barbaric attack in Dorset.

The devastated farmer found the mangled bodies of the sheep in a field off the A354 just outside Sixpenny Handley.

Evil thrill-seekers drove a vehicle off the road and into a field of ewes and lambs, slaughtering them as they slept.

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The incident happened sometime between 8pm on Friday 21 August and 8am on Saturday 22 August.

Dead sheep in field

© Loren Millard/Facebook

The wanton attack has caused outrage among farmers, residents and police in the local community.

Farmer Loren Millard posted heartbreaking photos of the aftermath of the attack on her Facebook page.

Dead lamb in field

© Loren Millard/Facebook

“In all my years of farming I have never seen something this disturbing,” she said.

“If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious in the Sixpenny Handley area last night [Friday], please do get in touch as it may help assist the police in finding the scum that did this.”

Police appeal

Appealing for information, Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team said: “Overnight Friday [21 August], hare coursers purposefully drove into sheep fields and mowed down ewes and lambs, killing six, leaving tyre marks across their bodies.

Tyre tracks left in field by hare coursers

© Loren Millard/Facebook

“Please tell us any information in confidence on 101. Someone knows who did this. Patrols and investigation continue.”

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