Sheep deliberately mown down by 4x4 and one set alight during horrific cruelty spree

Police are hunting sadistic criminals who are believed to have deliberately knocked down sheep in a field before setting fire to an injured animal.
Police are hunting those responsible for horrific animal crueltyPolice are hunting those responsible for horrific animal cruelty
Police are hunting those responsible for horrific animal cruelty

Three sheep were hit during the spree of cruelty.

One was killed by the collision, and two others, one of which was set alight, had to be put down because of their injuries.

A further eight sheep have been reported missing by the distraught farmer.

They are believed to have either been stolen or were chased into the River Welland.

The incident took place between Friday and Saturday at the farm at Surfleet Marsh, which is between Surfleet and Fosdyke.

Wildlife Crime officer PC Martin Green, who is investigating the crime, said: “This is a horrific incident that has caused much upset to the farmer.

“Unfortunately, we do believe this was a deliberate act and we are carrying out investigations to bring the offenders to justice.

“We believe a 4X4 was driven into the field where the sheep were kept sometime between Friday and Saturday. Three of the flock were knocked down and have sadly died.

“The farmer has also reported that eight sheep are missing. We believe these eight sheep may have been chased into the River Welland or they may have been stolen.

“We would like to hear from anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation. Any information no matter how insignificant it may seem, may help us to investigate this cruel act and identify those responsible.”

Police want to hear from any witnesses, anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or anyone who has dashcam footage.

Contact them by emailing [email protected] using the reference 168 of July 18 in the subject box or by calling 101, quoting reference 168 of July 18.