Police Appeal – Theft and Slaughter of Sheep

Police Appeal

A number of sheep have been illegally slaughtered across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in the past two weeks and Northamptonshire Police, in partnership with Trading Standards, are warning food outlets and the public about the possibility of being offered this meat for sale.

Have you been offered cheap meat in suspicious circumstances?

We need you to tell us if you think something is wrong or suspicious.

• Be aware of the dangers of customers eating meat from an unknown source as it may not have gone through normal hygiene and anti-contamination processes which are followed by slaughterhouses.

• This meat also may not have undergone meat hygiene inspections to pick up on undetected illnesses in the animals

• If you are buying cheap meat, it may not be safe, nor meet animal welfare or food standards

• If in doubt, DO NOT buy or eat it and please report your concerns

If you have any information about suspicious activity please call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting Operation Stock.

In an emergency, always call 999.

Contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 03454 04 05 06, or online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer

Message Sent By

Julie Anderson (Police, Community Support Officer, Corby & Kettering)

‘If anyone sees persons acting suspiciously in or around fields of sheep or for that matter any other livestock, please take the number of the vehicle and report it to Leicestershire Police on tel 101 quoting Northamptonshire Operation Stock.  Theft of sheep is very much underreported, but the callousness and hygiene dangers are highlighted above.’

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