Police aim to reunite sheep stolen from north Pennine hill farms with rightful owners (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Police aim to reunite sheep stolen from north Pennine hill farms with rightful owners
POLICE investigating the theft of Swaledale sheep in County Durham and Cumbria are hoping to reunite more than 30 ewes with their rightful owners.
An investigation into sheep rustling by officers in both counties has so far seen six people arrested and 150 sheep recovered, which are thought to have been stolen from hill farms across the north Pennines, mainly in Cumbria and Teesdale.
Over the last few weeks a number of sheep have been identified as stolen by their owners.
However, some have been classed as being of ‘doubtful origin’.
As a result, Durham Police have arranged a viewing day for farmers who have lost Swaledales to examine those animals which have been recovered.
It will take place between 10am and noon on Friday, November 8, at H&H Auction Mart, in Kirkby Stephen.
The most recent action saw police recover two sheep after searches of moorland south of the A66 last Friday.
Anyone with information relating to the inquiry should contact Det Con Debbie Morrison or PC Harry Marsh at Barnard Castle police office on 101.
Any farmers in Cumbria who have concerns can make contact with PC Roly Earl from Appleby Neighbourhood Police Team, again by ringing the non-emergency 101 number.
PC Marsh said: “The theft of sheep poses a major problem for farmers, with each animal being worth £100 to £150.
“We have organised the viewing session so that we can start returning the sheep we have recovered to their rightful owners.”
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