Appeal after sheep savaged

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Eight sheep were savaged while grazing in a field between Wimblington and Doddington. Farmer Jim Fletcher got a call from a friend who spotted a number of his sheep in a ditch on Boxing Day.

Mr Fletcher, who farms from Nordelph, he had 285 sheep in the field at Blue Lane. He believes the attack was by a dog which he said must have chased the sheep as they broke through an electric fence and some ended up in the ditch. Mr Fletcher said he had to pull six sheep out of the ditch and retrieve another one from further down the road.

He said eight were seriously injured with bites, mainly to their ears.

Mr Fletcher, a sheep farmer for about 12 years, estimates the incident happened between 9am and 10.30am as the sheep had previously been checked.

Speaking about the attack, he said they suffer between six and eight dog attacks on sheep each year. He said of all the areas his sheep graze, Doddington is the worst for attacks.

“We run a lot of sheep. We have had to give up one grazing area in Doddington because of dogs,” said Mr Fletcher, who has now moved the sheep to land at Ely.

“We have got sheep in all directions from King’s Lynn, Ely, Chatteris, Wisbech St Mary and Doddington but Doddington is by far the worst place,” he said.

“We put notices up politely asking people to keep their dogs on a lead but they get ripped up,” he added.

Police are appealing for information. They have said the area is popular with dog walkers.

PCSO Sally Mitchell said: “We do not know for sure what caused these injuries but the sheep appear to have been chased so it may well have been a dog.

“This was very unpleasant for the farmer and I am keen to discover what happened. I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area over Christmas, maybe walking their own dog, as they might have important information.”

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Mitchell on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.