Added on 16 April 2018 at 15:29
We’re appealing for the public's help following livestock theft in Wookey, East Somerset. Between Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 April 30 cattle went missing and are presumed stolen from a field at Knowle Moor Drove. The cattle are a mix of Hereford and Angus cows, aged from 12 months upwards and also include well 7 untagged calves (less than a week old).
We’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the area around those times and saw anyone moving livestock into a vehicle, please text info to 07492888109 or call 101 quoting the reference 5218075434. Alternatively if you have any information regarding this incident or livestock theft in general and would like to remain anonymous, you can make a report online through Crime Stoppers or call them on 0800 555 111.
There are a number things farmers can do to protect themselves from thieves such as ensuring boundaries and gates are in good order and wherever possible locked. Farmers should also take care to not to leave any equipment lying around that could assist offenders in stealing livestock for example handling equipment or trailers. Securing vulnerable access points around fields with boulders, deep ditches or tree trunks also prevents criminals having easy access.
Anyone in the trade and buying of livestock please check the provenance and documentation of the animals is as it should be too, and we would remind members of the public that if someone is offering you animals/butchery products for a price that seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
We’d encourage anyone who isn’t already a member of Farm Watch to join; the scheme is used to share information amongst rural communities to help prevent crime. If you’d like to find out more please contact the Rural Crime team on email@example.com