1. ITV Report

Yet more sheep found illegally butchered in Northamptonshire

This farm in Whilton was targeted last month Credit: ITV Anglia

Police have reported another incident of illegally slaughtered sheep in Northamptonshire.

25 dead sheep were discovered at a farm in the Thornby area in the early hours of 9 September. The bodies were found in a field off the Welford Road at about 8am.

Since February, Northamptonshire Police has received 12 reports of illegally butchered sheep and lambs.

ITV Anglia has reported on two incidents in the last month. Sometime between 18 August and 19 August, 11 lambs were killed illegally at Whilton near Daventry.

26 lambs were found dead near Harpole between Daventry and Northampton.

“I am appealing for the public to be extra vigilant and to keep an eye out for suspicious activity in rural areas or around livestock – it is likely offenders are carrying out daytime scoping exercises and I urge people who see suspicious vehicles to contact police."

– Inspector Tracy Moore, Northamptonshire Police
Operation Stock is the ongoing police investigation into incidents of sheep butchery and theft Credit: ITV Anglia

Inspector Moore also urged anyone who has information about the sale of cheap meat with unknown provenance to come forward. Northamptonshire Police are "concerned about illegal meat entering the human food chain, as recent use of veterinary medication could mean it’s unfit for human consumption".