Reward offered as thieves make off with award-winning cheese

FarmIreland Team

Two 20kg blocks of cheese were recently stolen from an award-winning cheesemaker, after they collected a prize at their local show.

Bruton based Wyke Farms were announced as ‘Best in Show’ this weekend at the Yeovil Show as the judges crowned their vintage cheddars as Champion and Reserve Champion.

Unfortunately, later that evening the two blocks of cheddar, weighing 20kg each and worth in the region of £400 a block, were stolen from the cheese tent on site at the show.

Richard Clothier, whose family runs Wyke Farms, said he was saddened but not too surprised by the theft.

“Our vintage cheddar is made to Grandmother Ivy’s recipe and we believe it to be the best quality cheese available, a 20kg block of it is extremely tempting!” said Richard said.

The company are offering a £500 reward for any information that leads to the recovery of the cheese or the arrest of the thief.

Wyke Farms is the UK’s largest producer of organic milk and organic cheese exporter and is one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain selling over 14,000t annually to 160 countries around the world.

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