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Two men sentenced for 'sheep rustling' in Lancashire

Two men from Lancashire have been sentenced following what's believed to be the first case of sheep rustling in the UK in 25 years.

20-year-old James Hesketh from Preston was given a nine month suspended sentence and a 12 month community order.

65-year-old John Kirkham from Goosnargh near Preston, received a 12 month community order and was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

Both pleaded guilty to the theft of 55 pregnant sheep worth up to £15,000.

The ewes were traced back to their Lancashire farm from Durham by a specialist forensic unit using DNA.

Farmer worried about sheep rustling

Richard Alpe at his farm Credit: Amy Welch

Sheep farmer Richard Alpe says he's worried sheep rustlers could strike again in Lancashire.

Two men are due to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court following what is believed to have been the first convicted case of sheep rustling in the country for about 25 years.

Richard's farm wasn't affected by the recent sheep rustling case, but he says farmers are worried about more potential thefts.


Tribute to man killed in farming accident

Ashley Dixon Credit: GMP

The family of a man killed in a farming accident has paid tribute to him.

Police were called to were called to a field near Astley Road in Salford last Tuesday following reports a man had been seriously injured and was trapped in farming machinery.

Officers and paramedics attended and found Ashley Dixon, aged 23, had suffered fatal injuries.

In a statement, his family said: "In loving memory of Ash. A son, a brother and a doting father with a warm-hearted, open and generous soul who enjoyed life to its fullest.

“You will be missed enormously by your friends, family and especially your daughter Daisy.

The energy and enthusiasm you brought to all that you did brought a smile to everyone who worked or played with you."

His girlfriend, Fern, said: “Ashley (tatty ash) was an amazing person inside and out."