Rare sheep shot and killed in Scarborough

One of the three rare sheep which have been killed (right) and her six-week-old lamb which is now orphaned.
One of the three rare sheep which have been killed (right) and her six-week-old lamb which is now orphaned.
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POLICE are appealing for information after five rare sheep were shot in the Scarborough area.

Three of the five Soay sheep, which were shot during incidents in the Throxenby and Scalby areas, died of their injuries.

The wounded sheep

The wounded sheep

The shooting incidents happened in July, but North Yorkshire Police only release details today.

All of the sheep were less than 18 months old. One was a young mother with a six-week-old lamb.

The Soays are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust ‘at risk’ list, because there are fewer than 1,500 breeding ewes in the country.

PC Tom Rollinson, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, is investigating the shootings. He said: “I am urging local residents to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity to the police straight away.”

One of the sheep that was killed

One of the sheep that was killed

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Tom Rollinson at North Yorkshire Police via 101, quoting reference number 12160139063