FARMERS in Upper Teesdale have been put on alert after two sheep were found slaughtered in a remote village.

Police say the animals, belonging to a local farmer, were killed sometime between Sunday, December 2, and Tuesday, December 4, on land known as Stob Green, Eggleston, near Barnard Castle.

Their throats had been cut.

Sergeant Simon Rogers, of Barnard Castle Police, said other farmers in the area had been informed of the incident and urged to keep an eye on their flocks.

“This appears to be an isolated incident – none of the other farmers we have contacted has called in to say they have been affected,” he said.

“We can only wonder at the motives of the people responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact police at Barnard Castle on 101 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.