UPDATE: Warning over meat from sheep ‘butchered’ in field

The field beside the A16 in Spalding where the killing took place.
The field beside the A16 in Spalding where the killing took place.

Tuesday, 1pm - MEAT from a pregnant sheep which was slaughtered in a field near Spalding is unfit for human consumption, police have warned.

Officers have today said the pedigree Hebridean sheep killed and stolen from the field had been given routine oral worming treatment.

As a result, the meat is not safe for humans to eat.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton, from Spalding Police Station, said: “If anyone is offered meat on the black market, please say no and contact the police.”

Tuesday, 11am - POLICE are hunting the “despicable” culprits behind an attack in which a pregnant sheep was butchered in a field just outside Spalding.

The distraught owners of the black Hebridean pedigree sheep discovered all four of its feet had been removed and some of its insides cut out before it was taken from the field.

It is believed the flock, which is kept next to the A16 adjacent to Kerry Foods, was targeted on Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police think all of the sheep may have been herded together before the one sheep was caught.

They believe a vehicle was waiting in the field entrance to take it away.

Sgt Stuart Brotherton, of Spalding police, said the throat of the sheep also appears to have been cut at the scene.

He said: “The four feet have been cut off cleanly.

“This is clearly someone who knows what they are doing. It’s a terrible act.

“Whoever has done this may discard of the pieces that they do not want.

“I am keen to hear from refuse collectors or neighbours who may be wondering what is in a particular bag.”

The sheep was due to give birth in about six weeks.

Sgt Brotherton described the crime as “despicable” and said the owners, who have asked not to be identified, are “very distraught”.

There is no description of the vehicle involved.

Anyone with information should call Sgt Brotherton at Spalding Police Station on 101.