Police in Northamptonshire are appealing for information after the theft of five pedigree sheep in the county.
Five Suffolk ram lambs disappeared from a field in Holcot between 7pm on Saturday 22 June and 7am on Sunday 23 June.
Officers investigating the incident believe the sheep were rounded up in a field off Sywell Road in Holcot, before being butchered and taken away.
They say a vehicle seen parked in the gateway leading into the field could be linked to the theft – although no details have been released.
Anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the incident, or has information about it, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Spate of thefts
Since the start of this year, dozens of sheep have been stolen or illegally butchered from farms across the Midlands – especially in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
Police believe that organised criminals are killing and professionally butchering sheep in the field before selling their meat on the black market.
Rural police officers have urged people who live in the countryside to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Farmers have also been urged to review security.