A two-day-old calf has been reported as stolen from a farm in the UK.
The animal was allegedly taken from a farm building in the Chaddesley Crobett area near Kidderminster on April 15th.
The incident follows reports of other livestock being stolen at other locations.
Two ewes were taken from farmland on April 14th, where one lamb was “found bound and in some distress”.
Natalie Lowe, rural and business crime officer said: “We have seen an increase in the number of reported thefts of livestock around the North Worcestershire area over the last few weeks.”
“While we are working closely with colleagues at Warwickshire Police and West Midlands Police to try and identify offenders we would also like to ask for the public’s help – especially those in rural and farming communities.”
Police are encouraging the public to do the following;
- Check boundaries of fields and farmyards. If any gaps or easy access areas, look to reinforce those with fencing or additional vegetation planting. If you have any gates or access points not in use then block with bollards, boulders or tree trunks;
- Check on any livestock near roads more often – especially those with young. A daily count will help identify any missing animals sooner and will give the police a greater chance of identifying windows of time to investigate;
- Consider setting up a watch scheme with your neighbours – this can be as easy as a messaging group through which to share information or warn others of issues or suspicious activities in the area;
- If you see any suspicious activity in the area take note of: – vehicle registrations/make/model/any liver- tools: are they carrying cameras, nets, tools, animals: dogs (small, long, colour); people: gender, age, hair colour, clothing.