Vandals have targeted NFU vice-president Adam Quinney – days before he is due to address police chiefs on rural crime.
The gate to a field containing 70 cattle was lifted off its hinges, said Mr Quinney, who arrived on the scene just before the animals went into a maize crop.
“It could have meant maize flattened, or even cattle killed through acidosis if they had stuffed their faces on the maize,” he revealed on Twitter.
A similar incident saw an old gate stolen a few years ago, Mr Quinney added. After reporting the crime, he was then offered victim support counselling.
“We did not know if to laugh or cry,” he said.
“It could have meant maize flattened, or even cattle killed through acidosis if they had stuffed their faces on the maize.”
Mr Quinney is due to address a police conference on rural crime later this week.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) annual rural crime seminar takes place at Kettering on Thursday (8 November).
Key topics at the “Rounding up the Criminals” event, which is sponsored by Farmers Weekly, will include how to prevent the theft of metal and livestock.
The seminar aims to provide a forum to share best practice, examine new initiatives and help find effective ways of tackling crime in rural communities.
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