Sheep and lambs were stolen and killed during a burglary in a Lincolnshire village.
Police were called to a farm on Holme Lane in Messingham near Scunthorpe between 6pm on Friday, March 1 and 7am on Saturday, March 2.
A sheep and three four-week old lambs were taken. The animals’ skins and carcasses were found nearby, police said.
Damage was caused to the farm and its fencing during the burglary. Humberside Police also increased patrols in the area.
Humberside Police said: “This is clearly a very upsetting incident and the theft of livestock from farms is a serious matter.
“We are investigating this case, looking for forensic evidence and viewing CCTV to try and identify those responsible.
“We have increased patrols in the area and would ask that anyone who sees anything suspicious to call us. We want to catch those responsible and prevent further rural crime.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Humberside Police on 101 quoting log 203 of March 2.