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Dog-walkers reminded of sheep-worrying offences after vicious attack

The two sheep that were attacked by a dog in Cleator Moor had lambs Credit: PA

Police are reminding dog-walkers to take extra care of their dogs when around livestock.

This comes after two sheep were viciously attacked by a dog on Dent Fell in Cleator Moor on Wednesday 28 June, late in the evening.

The sheep were later put down due to the injuries they sustained. Both sheep had lambs, which police say may now struggle to survive.

A dog worrying livestock can be a criminal offence and it is the responsibility of the person or owner to control their dog.

Anyone with information is advised to call PC 2101 Mackenzie on 101 or email Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Farmers arrive at the auction for a Christmas sale

More than 200 sheep and 85 cattle will be auctioned off at tonight's Christmas sale, which begins at 5pm.

Farmers from all over the Scottish Borders have turned out to see if they can earn some extra money in the run up to Christmas.

"It's an education thing as well as a business business thing. It's good for people to see exactly where their meat comes from, and what they're eating and home. It's a chance for the whole family to come out and enjoy the sale- that's why we have it in the evening."

– Steven Wilson, John Swan Ltd, St Boswell's Auction Mart
Steven Wilson from John Swan Ltd, St Boswell's Auction Mart Credit: ITV Border News

Many local butchers also attend the auction and carry out the valuations on the stock ahead of the sale. They can then gauge the price on the meat ahead of the Christmas shopping rush.

Full Report: Christmas livestock sale a success

Farmers from across the Scottish Borders were showing and selling their prime livestock at a special Christmas event last night. The St Boswell's Christmas cracker is the only sale of its kind in the area.

It's an opportunity for farmers to sell their premium cattle and sheep, and is a barometer of sales for the farming year.

Patrick Tyner reports: