Calf and ewe ‘killed for meat’ in ‘sickening’ UK farm incident

Police in the UK are on the hunt for an “offender or offenders” who trespassed onto a farm and killed a calf and a ewe earlier this week.

West Mercia Police have appealed for information on any unusual activity at the property, located on Redhill Lane, Rubery.

The break-in happened some time between 9:00pm on Saturday February 11 and 8:00am on Tuesday February 13, according to a police spokesperson.

The offender or offenders forced entry to the property and, once inside, killed a calf. A ewe was also dragged from an adjacent field and killed.

The spokesperson said: “This was a sickening incident that would have undoubtedly caused a lot of suffering to the two animals. It is likely the animals have been killed for their meat.

“I’m keen to speak to anyone with information or CCTV, or who saw anything suspicious in the area. Please contact us, what may seem insignificant could fit into a bigger picture,” the spokesperson concluded.

Cattle stolen in Co. Antrim

Meanwhile, a total of 29 suckler cattle are thought to have been stolen from a field in the Lough Road area of Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn.

Police in Northern Ireland are appealing for information.

Const. Andrew Patton said: “A mixture of black and red Limousine bulls, heifers and some calves were taken, sometime between January 22 and 3:00pm on January 25.

Our enquiries have been ongoing; however, we are now keen to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area, such as a lorry, or livestock being transported, at this time.

“The number to call is ‘101’. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on: 0800-555-111; the service is 100% anonymous.”

Last weekend a Honda TRX500ES quad; an Ifor Williams 8X5 flatbed trailer; and a Stihl chainsaw were also reported stolen from a farm in Newtownards, Co. Down. The owner has asked anyone with information to contact police.