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Police warning to watch flock following sheep thefts

08:00 25 August 2014

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Man arrested and bailed as part of ongoing investigation by police and Trading Standards.

Police are warning farmers to keep track of their flocks after a man was arrested on Thursday following a number of sheep thefts.

The man was questions by officers and bailed as part of an ongoing enquiry by police and Trading Standards.

PC Martin Beck did not rule out further arrests and said: “This is a matter we are taking very seriously.

“To help us identify those involved, we need sheep owners to be vigilant, to watch out for suspicious activity and take vehicle registrations when possible.

“We need them to regularly check their stock and ensure their flock registers are up to date as well as reviewing the security measure they have in place.”

Around 60 sheep were taken during one theft in North Molton, and PC Beck said there were a number of other incidents being investigated.

Any farmers who suspect they have had sheep taken are urged to call police in the first instance on non-emergency number 101.

PC Beck added: “The sooner we know, the more likely we are to be able to do something about it.”

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