17-year-old boy arrested after several sheep died

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of 14 sheep and lambs in North Dorset.

The boy, from Verwood, was arrested, questioned and released under investigation by Dorset Rural Police.

The shocking incident happened on Sunday July 17 when a vehicle drove into a field of sheep and lambs, deliberately killing them.

A 17-year-old boy from Verwood has been arrested

Some of the injuries are described as “horrific”, sheep needing to be slaughtered.

Police describe the incident, which happened in the Tollard Royal area, as an “appalling attack” on a “hard-working farming community and livestock”.

Read more: Sheep killed in Dorset after vehicle drove into field

PC Sebastian Haggett, of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team, said: ‘We are investigating this case thoroughly and I would appeal to anyone with information that could help our investigations, including anyone with dash cam footage, to come forward.

“It is likely that this vehicle would have suffered damage during this incident.

“This is an appalling attack on a hard working farming community and livestock. We will be stepping up our patrols in the area.

“If you see a vehicle in a field and you believe the vehicle may be committing offenses such as illegal off-road driving, poaching or crop damage, I urge you to call 999.

“This week is Anti-Social Behavior Awareness Week and it’s so important that we continue to drive down rural crime and anti-social behavior in our rural communities.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.Dorset.police.uk, email [email protected] or call 101 quoting reference 55220115601.

Alternatively, to remain 100% anonymous, contact the independent charity crime blockers online or call them on 0800 555 111.

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