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Police investigate after more lambs illegally butchered

Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Police investigating a series of illegal sheep butcheries and thefts are appealing for information after another 11 lambs were killed and butchered in Northamptonshire.

They were killed at Whilton near Daventry sometime between 5pm on Sunday, August 18, and 5pm on Monday, August 19.

Dozens have been killed, butchered and stolen in recent months across the county. Investigators are working with colleagues at neighbouring forces including Warwickshire Police and Leicestershire Police which have seen similar crimes in their areas.

Since February Northamptonshire Police has received the following reports of lambs and sheep being killed and butchered in the county:

This farm in Whilton was among those targeted. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • 28/02/19 – four lambs, one ram butchered in Whilton
  • 06/03/19 – five ewes butchered in Harpole
  • 23/06/19 – five lambs believed killed and stolen in Holcot
  • 06/07/19 – two rams butchered in Rushton
  • 08/07/19 – 15 lambs butchered in Crick/West Haddon
  • 09/07/19 – 21 lambs butchered in Whilton
  • 13/07/19 – 13 lambs butchered in Kelmarsh
  • 17/07/19 – nine lambs butchered in Clipston
  • 04/08/19 - six lambs butchered in south Northamptonshire
  • 19/08/19 - 11 lambs butchered in Whilton
Police are also investigating a number of reports of sheep and lamb thefts: Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • 14/04/19 - 1 ewe stolen, Lilbourne
  • 14/04/19 - 4 ewes stolen, Helmdon
  • 30/04/19 - 37 ewes stolen, Preston Capes
  • 19/07/19 - 77 lambs stolen, Holcote
  • 22/07/19 - 2 lambs stolen, Caldecote
  • 22/07/19 - 58 lambs stolen, Yelvertoft
  • 07/08/19 - 15 lambs stolen, Hollowell
  • 08/08/19 - 64 ewes stolen, West Haddon
  • On July 13 the force also received a report of a live lamb found tied up with electric fencing in the Moulton area.