A lorry full of sheep which was set to sail from the Port of Ramsgate has been turned away because of animal welfare concerns. It's believed some livestock may have been injured. RSPCA and government inspectors are investigating.
Now, here is a fascinating fact - the South Downs are home to one of the most precious habitats on earth. Chalk grassland supports many threatened species, and it's rarer than rainforest.
Now, conservationists are trying to create more chalk grassland, and they've drafted in flocks of sheep to help improve the habitat for wildlife. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following the theft of sheep from a field near Wareham.
160 sheep were stolen between 8am on Saturday 2nd November and 2.30pm on Monday 4th November at a field next to the A352 between Wool and East Stoke.
No arrests have been made.
– Police Constable Adam Taylor, of Wareham Police
The thieves would have needed a good understanding of livestock and used a large vehicle, possibly a six or eight wheeler type lorry, to move the sheep.
I am appealing to witnesses and anyone who may have seen any unusual activity in the area around this time.
All the sheep had colour markings and were electronically tagged. If anyone has been offered sheep in unusual circumstances or for very low prices please contact the police on 101.”
Now, it's all been a bit of a mystery. How did a flock of sheep turn up on their own, in a village in Sussex? Yes, the animals - all fifty of them - were found wandering around Chiddingly (pronounced Chidding-lie) near Lewes. So were they dumped, or had they escaped?
Well, it's all been a bit woolly, until now! Malcolm Shaw has the story.
Live export protestors outside Ashford Cattle Market today. Demonstrators are also gathering at Canterbury Crown Court where the trial is due to start of exporters accused of transporting sheep not fit to travel. The charge relates to the deaths of 45 sheep at the Port of Ramsgate last September.
Farmers on the South Downs are asking dog owners to keep their pets on their leads when they are around sheep, after a number of serious attacks.
At this time of year, many ewes are pregnant and may miscarry their lambs if they feel stressed. Police are warning the dog owners that they could face prosecution if their animals are out of control around livestock. Malcolm Shaw reports.
The interviewees are: Tim Armour, a farmer; and Jan Knowlson - a ranger for the South Downs National Park.
The Bucks County Show has kicked off without a hitch. It's considered to be one of the best one day agricultural show in the country.
This Flock decided to chance their luck with police and run a red light - Pictures from Lee Hodgson of Isle of Wight Pet Supplies.
A flock of sheep has been released into the grounds of Dover Castle.
It's hoped the 29 Herdwick and three Soay sheep will eat away at the roots of shrubs and trees and protect the historic site.
Grazing the land should also increase the diversity of wild flowers and insects.
The number of sheep farmers in Sussex hit by the deadly Schmallenberg disease has more than doubled in the last three weeks. Figures from Defra show 59 farms have now reported being affected by the disease. Another 32 cases have been reported in Kent, ten in Hampshire and Essex.