Council and police ask public to take control of dogs, and inform them of any chasing sheep, after incidents on Northam Burrows.

Dog walkers are being urged to keep their animals under control after a spate of sheep worrying on Northam Burrows.

Dogs must be kept on a lead around livestock and keps close at all time, especially during the current lambing season.

Northam Burrows Ranger Mike Day said: “Dog walkers are welcome in the park and most of them act responsibly.

“However a minority do not take adequate measures to prevent such incidents from occurring. It is a real problem for both livestock and wildlife.”

Councillor John Himan, lead member for the burrows, said it was worrying these incidents happen every year.

He added: “We would ask other walkers on the burrows to help us in tracking down the few irresponsible owners; sheep worrying is a criminal offence and Devon and Cornwall police are asking for the public to report any incidents.”

PCSO Elizabth Rendle reiterated that sheep worrying was a criminal offence.

“We would like all members of the community to assist us in this matter,” she said.

“If you walk your dog on the Burrows then please keep it on a lead when around livestock.

“If you see dogs chasing or attacking livestock please phone the incident in as soon as you can and provide descriptions of the dog, owner and vehicle registration.”

If anybody witnesses an incident of sheep worrying call police on 101 or Torridge on 01237 428700.