Man arrested as police investigate sheep rustling claims in Teesdale and North Yorkshire (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Man arrested as police investigate sheep rustling claims in Teesdale and North Yorkshire
5:34pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
POLICE investigating sheep rustling in Teesdale, North Yorkshire and Cumbria have arrested a man on suspicion of theft.
Durham Police is looking into the theft of Swaledale sheep from hill farms across the North Pennines.
Neighbourhood inspector Kevin Tuck, of Barnard Castle Police, said: “We are investigating a number of alleged thefts of Swaledale sheep from farms across Teesdale, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.
“In the last 14 days we have conducted broad searches at two locations and have seized a total of 148 animals suspected to be stolen.
“The inquiry is complicated in nature and it is being supported by Cumbria Police and Durham County Council Trading Standards.
“A number of potential victims have examined the seized sheep and are helping us to identify possible owners.”
A local man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further enquiries.
Farmers who believe that some of the recovered Swaledale sheep belong to them should contact DC Debbie Morrison or Sergeant Simon Rogers, at Barnard Castle Police Office, on 101.