Farm security advice issued by police following theft of 210 lambs

Police have appealed for information and offered farm security advice following the theft of a large number of lambs in England recently.

A total of 210 Texel, Charollais and Beltex cross lambs were stolen from a field near Beaminster in West Dorset at some stage over the last three months, police have said.

The lambs were wearing ear tags with the flock number UK347813 on. All lambs have white faces.

Dorset Police Rural Crime Team has urged anyone with information to come forward, particularly if anyone saw anything suspicious in the area or any vehicles with livestock trailers attached seen acting suspiciously.

Advice

The police team advised anyone with information to get in touch directly, quoting occurrence number 55180204397, or contact Rural Crimestoppers anonymously: on 0800-783-0137.

Meanwhile, the rural crime team offered the following advice to farmers and smallholders:
  • Keep the gates to your livestock locked and make sure that the hinges are capped to prevent gates being lifted off the hinges;
  • Block up unused gateways with tree trunks, old machinery or other heavy objects;
  • Consider fitting wildlife or trail cameras to fields where livestock are present to detect vehicle or person movement;
  • Fit gate alarms which can be linked to a mobile phone;
  • Consider fitting early warning intervention alarms that will link to your phone;
  • Consider using livestock tracing systems.

Rural Crime Team

Rural crime task forces such as Dorset Police Rural Crime Team have been put forward as a suggestion for An Garda Siochana by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) in recent months, with IFA deputy president Richard Kennedy particularly vocal on the issue.

Speaking to AgriLand back in November, Kennedy said: “An issue we put forward was a task force to complement the Gardai in an area where there would be serious criminality and we would have a task force that would go into the areas and help out the local Gardai.

“That would be moving around the country and it would be solving crime as it went. We had seen an example of that in the UK where it worked quite well.

It would consist of four, maybe five people of the Gardai that would be specially designated to go into an area where there is crime happening and it isn’t being solved by the regular number of Gardai.

“So they would go in and obviously they’d be given whatever equipment was required, whether it was more cars or Land Rovers or whatever in order to stay in the area and solve the crime in the area,” Kennedy explained.