Appeal for information following death of a sheep in Chertsey

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses after the death of a sheep which was found with leg and facial injuries at a farm in Chertsey last Wednesday (28 January).
Officers are investigating the incident under the Dogs (Protection of Wildlife) Act 1953, as the farmer has reported that his fields in Hardwick Lane are being used for “lamping” on a regular basis.
Lamping involves hunting at night using powerful lamps and dogs. A beam of light is used to locate animals before the dogs are then released.
The incident is believed to have taken place sometime between 9-10pm and 10-15pm, when the owners challenged two men they found on the premises. The men were then seen to get into a Ford transit van, with a partial index of MV07, which was carrying ladders on the passenger side of its roof.
The van was parked on the corner of Longcross Road and Hardwick Lane and CCTV showed that it drove through Chertsey town centre around 11pm.
The injured sheep was discovered the following morning and has sadly since died.
Runnymede Safer Neighbourhood Officer PC Paul Grinter, who is investigating the incident, said: “This is part of a wider issue as we believe the famer’s land is being used for lamping on a regular basis. The sheep was left with a nasty facial injury and this incident highlights the damage that can be done.
“We are keen to trace the two men challenged by the farmer so that we can progress our investigation into this incident.”
If you saw a vehicle matching the description above in the area at the time of the incident, or you have any other information, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45150008179 or, if you prefer not to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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