A CLENT farm has been devastated by a spate of lamb thefts and slaughters over the past month.
Police are appealing for witnesses after young lambs were targeted in three separate incidents in three weeks at a Walton Hill Road farm, with the last one as recent as Monday (April 16).
Between March 30 and April 2, five lambs were stolen with the largest a few months old, greyish brown in colour and with ‘LAMBIE’ written on its side in green fading.
Also reported were nine dead lambs and three injured from a suspected dog attack on April 10.
The latest report was on Monday (April 16) where a young lamb was slaughtered and butchered in a field overnight.
PCSO Stuart Taylor from Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The most recent incident saw a lamb skinned and its legs snapped.
“We think the culprits took the meat to sell on as the price of lamb has gone up massively over the past month.
“The attacks are causing issues for the farm and because they’re losing so much stock they may be forced to change their practice to not have lambs, just cattle.
“I am hoping someone may have seen something so we can find out who did this.”
Anyone with any information about this incident is asked contact West Mercia Police on 101, quoting incident number 294 S 160418.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.