Six held as 16 lambs found in cars
Published 14/04/2011 | 19:57
Six men have been arrested after police stopped two cars on a motorway and found 16 lambs crammed inside.
Some of the animals were on the back seat of one of the cars while others were discovered packed into the boot, West Midlands Police said.
The discovery was made on the M5, near Oldbury in the West Midlands, at 1.55am on Thursday.
The men were arrested on suspicion of theft after the Vauxhall Cavalier and Rover cars were stopped on the hard shoulder.
Police said the owner of the three-month-old lambs was from Toddington, in Gloucestershire.
He will be reunited with his flock but in the meantime the lambs are being cared for by a farmer in Shrewsbury.
A police spokesman said: "Officers found eight lambs in the boot of one of the vehicles with another three on the back seats.
"In the second vehicle, four lambs were found in the boot and one in the foot well.
"They had been tightly bound and were obviously distressed."