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Sheep incident, Surfleet

Update, July 28:

We would like to speak to the woman in the image or anyone who knows who she is in connection with this incident.

We believe this woman may have witnessed this incident take place. 

Although the image is not the best of quality we are hoping that it may jog someone’s memory.

PC Martin Green said: “Our investigations are ongoing into this horrific incident of animal cruelty.

“As part of our investigations we have obtained a CCTV image of a young woman seen walking on Surfleet Bank at about 10.10pm on 17th July. This was in the area where the sheep were killed, at that time there were two or three vehicles as well as people in the field.

“The woman in the image is described as about 20-years-old, slim, brown bobbed hair, wearing light stone washed coloured ripped jeans and a sleeved bomber type padded jacket.

"We believe this woman may have been in the field when this incident happened and may have seen it taking place. The woman then left the field on foot heading towards the village of Surfleet Seas End. She then walked along the road near the Ship Inn pub, along Surfleet Bank and Reservoir Road before returning to the field a short time later.

"We would like to speak with this woman and would ask her to make contact with us."

Three sheep died as a result of a collision involving a 4x4. One was set on fire while it was still alive.

Eight sheep are still missing. These may have been pushed into the River Welland.

A further 30 sheep have been receiving veterinary treatment as a result of this incident.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this woman, anyone who knows who she is, or anyone who can assist with our investigation.

 

There are a number of ways you can report

  • By clicking on the email link force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk- please remember to put the reference 168 of July 18 in the subject box.
  • Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 168 of July 18.

 

Original release: 

We are investigating a report of animal cruelty in which three sheep have died and eight others have been reported missing.

This incident was reported to have taken place between Friday 17 July and Saturday 18 July at Surfleet Marsh, in between Surfleet and Fosdyke.

We believe a vehicle, possibly a 4X4, entered a field and ran over three of the resident sheep. One sheep died as a result of the collision. One of the other two injured sheep was set on fire while it was still alive. This sheep, along with the other injured sheep had to be put to sleep.

Investigating Wildlife Crime officer PC Martin Green said: “This is a horrific incident that has caused much upset to the farmer. Unfortunately, we do believe this was a deliberate act and we are carrying out investigations to bring the offenders to justice.

“We believe a 4X4 was driven into the field where the sheep were kept sometime between Friday and Saturday. Three of the flock were knocked down and have sadly died.

“The farmer has also reported that eight sheep are missing. We believe these eight sheep may have been chased into the River Welland or they may have been stolen.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation. Any information no matter how insignificant it may seem, may help us to investigate this cruel act and identify those responsible.”

We would like to hear from any witnesses, anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area or anyone who has dashcam footage.

There are a number of ways you can report

  • By clicking on the email link force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk- please remember to put the reference 168 of July 18 in the subject box.
  • Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 168 of July 18.

 

Reference: 168 of July 18

28 Jul 20 1:40 PM

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