Police officers in Northamptonshire are appealing for information in connection with theft of about 100 sheep and lambs.
The animals were taken from two farms in the Ecton area – one near the A45 and the other in
Police believe that some of the animals were harmed or killed during the thefts. The BBC is reporting that some animals may have been cut up for meat on site.
The NFU has been informed about the issue and police have also circulated crime prevention information to farmers in the area.
PCSO Natalie Halling said: “We would encourage farmers to be on the look out for these offenders and to make sure all their animals are accounted for.
“Also, we would like to urge people to report any suspicious incidents to us so that we are aware of the full extent of the problem.
“Our inquiries are continuing and anyone with any information should get in touch with us as soon as possible.”
In one incident, 35 ewes and 40 lambs were stolen and in the other 14 lambs and eight ewes.