Saturday 22 October 2016

Sheepish suspects held after lambs spotted in people carrier

Richard Vernalls

Published 10/05/2016 | 11:59

Credit: West Midlands Police
Credit: West Midlands Police

Three men are being questioned on suspicion of theft after police spotted some sheep being transported through the suburbs in the back of a people carrier.

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West Midlands Police said officers on patrol spotted the Ford Galaxy's unusual cargo while on patrol in Hob Moor Road in Yardley, Birmingham, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The driver initially tried to evade police but the Ford was later abandoned by three men after hitting a parked car, a spokesman for the force said.

Police then tracked down the suspected occupants after a search of nearby gardens involving dog units and a helicopter.

One suspect was found hiding up a tree, and another was discovered in a conservatory.

The three lambs have since been rehomed at a farm in Sheldon as officers attempt to trace their owners.

A force spokesman said three male Romanian nationals, aged 22, 27 and 28, are currently in police custody on suspicion of theft.

Inspector Paul Southern said: "It's not every day we recover live stolen property, but the lambs seem none the worse for their adventure.

"We are now trying to trace where they came from and are asking farmers to check their flocks to see if they have any missing."

Anyone with information to help trace the owner should call police on 101.

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