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Livestock Theft in Lockdown – Police Urge Vigilance

Opal, (the National Intelligence Unit for Serious Organised Acquisitive Crime) has issued a bulletin relating to livestock theft and illegal slaughter. Several police authorities have reported an increase in incidents and are asking for those working in farming communities to be vigilant and report any suspected cases.  

West Mercia & Staffordshire say that have seen a rise in criminal gangs stealing and slaughtering livestock using barbaric methods. Since lockdown Staffordshire have seen 7 incidents of livestock thefts all in the South of the county; mainly sheep, chickens and pigs. Meat is likely to be sold on to unregulated abattoirs.  

For any queries, please contact Opal via email – [email protected] 

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