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Appeal after cattle stolen in Somerset

Appeal after cattle stolen in Somerset

We are appealing for information after a herd of cattle was stolen from a barn in Somerset this week.

The barn door was forced open and 11 cattle were taken from the remote location in Summer Lane, Hinton St George, between 4pm on January 12 and 8am the following morning.

PC Simon Reeves, the area’s neighbourhood beat manager, said: “Each of the cattle, which were a mixture of British Friesian, Hereford Cross, and British Blue, would have had a yellow ear tag containing the reference UK342697.

“The number and size of the animals taken means the offenders would have needed to use a large vehicle.

“We would ask any members of the public who have any information relating to the theft, or have been offered animals for sale, to contact the police.

“We also would like to hear from anybody should they see cattle being transported late at night. It is extremely unusual to move cattle after dark at this time of year.”

We would advise anybody concerned about rural crime to sign up to the force’s Farm Watch scheme. For more information, visit our Farm Watch page and follow Rural Crime Avon and Somerset Police’s Facebook page.

Practical advice is available to deter criminals and reduce crime in rural districts.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5220010016

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.