July 20, 2020 3.47 pm This story is over 46 months old

Three sheep found dead, one set on fire near Spalding

They were hit by a car and eight others are missing

Three sheep were found dead, including one which was set on fire, and eight others have been reported missing as police investigate animal cruelty near Spalding.

The incident took place between Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 at Surfleet Marsh, in between Surfleet and Fosdyke.

Police believe a vehicle, possibly a 4×4, entered a field and ran over three of the resident’s sheep.

One sheep died after being ran over and one of the two injured sheep was set on fire while it was still alive.

This sheep, along with the other injured sheep, had to be put down.

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

Investigating Wildlife Crime officer PC Martin Green 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 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.”

Anyone with information that can help with the investigation should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting reference 168 of July 18.