Sheep killed

Goole: Help Identify Thieves and Prevent Rural Crime

27 May 2015

Humberside Police were called by a resident of Main Street in Gowdall, Goole after four sheep had been stolen from their farm and the owner subsequently found the skins discarded in the field on Saturday May 23.

Officers have made enquiries into this incident but as yet no suspect has been identified.

If anyone has any information that would help the police to identify those responsible they are asked to contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference 2115648.

Local residents in our rural communities face very different challenges to urban residents and as such we offer support and advice wherever possible. We also advise farmers to join Farm Watch schemes and share their experiences and receive support and local information about activities in their areas.

Crime prevention advice is available and some tips to help prevent livestock theft follows:

Check livestock regularly so as to prevent any rustling

Check the security of boundary fencing/hedging and make regular checks of fields where animals are kept to ensure fences are not breached

Use ear tags, horn brands, freeze marking or tattooing to made animals easily identifiable

Whilst there is still less crime in rural areas than in urban settings, when crime does occur it has a major impact on the victim. It can also create a fear of crime in isolated rural locations.

The message from the police is that while rural crime does occur, these areas are a safe place to live. There is less criminal activity there than in urban areas, just different challenges we have to face.

Humberside Police would like to ask residents, whether from the farming community or not, to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious by calling the non-emergency number 101.  If someone sees a crime in progress always call 999.

For more information on joining Farm Watch email: