Police have arrested two males after sheep were stolen from a farm near Bridgnorth.
The arrests were made at approximately 1:30am on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021.
A vehicle failed to stop for police, which led to a chase on the A454 and the arrests of the males.
Nikki Roberts, West Mercia Police inspector, said:
“I am really please we managed to rescue the sheep and now we just need to reunite them with their proper owners.”
“I ask all nearby farmers to check their livestock to ensure none are missing and if they are contact us. Hopefully, we can get the sheep home soon.”
“Fortunately, sheep-stealing is quite rare in the area unlike other parts of the country and we believe this is an isolated case. However, we take all rural crime extremely seriously and understand the impact the theft of livestock can have on farmers and their livelihoods.”
The two men, aged 28 and 23 from Wolverhampton, were taken into custody where they currently remain.
Anyone with information or who are missing any livestock, are urged to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 21i of 5 January.
Hedgerow worth over £5,000 stolen
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the UK, police are investigating the theft of a newly planted hedgerow worth over £5,000.
Norfolk Police has issued an appeal for information on social media.
In a statement on social media, a spokesperson for Norfolk Rural Crime, said: “Report of stolen freshly planted hedgerow over £5000 worth on Aylsham Road between Aylsham and Buxton/Brampton last night.”
“Any info, please let me know or if hear anyone trying to sell large quantities of young hedge #OpGalileo #1765.”
In response to the tweet, one user said: “I’d be suspicious of any landscapers in the area who are offering special deals on hedges.”
Another said: “What is the world coming to?” while another remarked: “Dreadful. Planned and organised. Being relocated somewhere”.