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Hundreds of sheep stolen from farms in Somerset

Hundreds of sheep have been stolen in the last six weeks. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nearly 500 sheep have been stolen from Somerset farms in the last six weeks in what police say is an "unusual" spike in sheep-rustling.

The thefts include nearly 150 lambs and ewes from near Langport in the middle of the night, nearly 130 from a farm near Baltonsborough and sheep's skins found blocking a land drain in Glastonbury.

Cows are also being targeted, with a cattle lorry from East Huntspill found burnt out in Langport, and cows stolen from a shed in Ilchester.

Farmers are losing tens of thousands of pounds from these thefts, and police say the meat of these animals could be sold illegally. They hope a nationwide appeal for information will help the investigation.

It’s sickening what these mindless thieves do. The sheep have probably suffered in transit and not been killed humanly either.

– Anonymous victim of sheep-rustling

Wurzels rework hit song for farm safety campaign

The Wurzels have reworked their hit song "Combine Harvester" to raise awareness of farm safety Credit: Yellow Wellies UK

Somerset band The Wurzels have released a new version of their classic 'Combine Harvester' song.

It's part of a new campaign by the National Farmers Union to reduce death and injury in the workplace.

The agricultural industry is the UK's most dangerous occupation - figures from the Health and Safety Executive show 27 people died in farm accidents in the year to April 2014.

Large crowds at Dorset County Show

Large crowds have attended the Dorset County Show Credit: ITV News

The first day of the Dorset County Show has attracted large crowds.

Sixty thousand people are expected at the showground near Dorchester over the weekend. Judges say there's been a high standard of entry in the horticulture and livestock classes.

There are also food tents, trade stands and many other displays.

The show's secretary, Sam Mackenzie-Green, says it's the diversity that helps attract so many people:

"We're a combination things. It's the main ring attractions, we've got Bolddog Lings which people are really excited about seeing. The National Vegetabel Society's national championships again which appeals to a whole other group of people. And we have so much food and drink, local food and drink, I think there is something for everyone".

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