Police have launched a campaign to crackdown on sheep and cattle thefts. Since 2010, livestock worth £413,530 has been reported stolen from the county’s farms – £368,761 of this relating to sheep thefts.
Now officers are enlisting the help of the community to combat rustling.
In a campaign launched on Monday, Cumbria Police and community support officers began asking residents in rural communities to report suspicious behaviour so they can concentrate resources and make life difficult for thieves.
The campaign began in South Lakeland on Tuesday when PCSO Mandy Coleman talked to farmers and handed out leaflets at Kendal’s J36 Rural Auction Centre.
She said: “It is important that we all work together to make things difficult for criminals who target rural communities. There are so many ways in which people can report suspicious activities.
“I encourage people to come and speak to me and I can give them advice about the ways we are able to help one another.”
Meanwhile, police investigating a Swaledale sheep rustling operation in Cumbria and County Durham are hoping to return nearly three dozen seized animals to their rightful owners.
An investigation by both forces into organised sheep theft has so far seen six people arrested and 150 sheep recovered from Teesdale. More....