South Derbyshire Police’s rural crime team have released a picture (right) of a couple with a Dalmatian after a report of a dog chasing sheep.

The incident allegedly occurred at about 2pm on Monday, 30 April, in a field off London Road in Shardlow.

PCSO Kerry Wallington-Waite said the sheep became very distressed after apparently being chased down the field by a Dalmatian.

The rural crime team would like to speak to the couple in the photo about the incident and asks anyone who can identify them to get in touch.

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PCSO Wallington-Waite said: “Dog walkers need to be careful when they are walking their pets in such locations. It is very tempting to let dogs off their leads, but their natural instincts can be to chase sheep.

“This can be dangerous for the sheep and affects the livelihood of the farmers.”

It is a criminal offence for the keeper or owner of the dog to allow it to worry livestock and they are liable for any damage caused.

Police urge dog walkers to keep their pet on a lead when walking near livestock.

If you recognise the couple in the photo, call 101 and quote reference number 18*204114.

Alternatively send a message online by visiting Derbyshire Police’s website.

You can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting their website.