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Police are investigating the attack on a herd of pigs in the Finsthwaite area, Ulverston which has left three prize breeders pigs dead. Between 11:30 pm on Monday 8th October and 09:30 am on Tuesday 9th October, unknown people have entered the pig farm and opened up pens which contained prize breeding sows that produce micro pigs. Six pigs have then been stabbed with a knife, three of which died due to the injuries. The remaining three were left with slash wounds and were seriously injured.
PC Mark Turner said: “This attacked left Mr Rose, the owner of the pigs, distraught. It is an unprovoked attack on innocence animals and caused a lot of upset. We are appealing for anyone who was in the area on Monday into Tuesday or even over the weekend who may have seen anything suspicious, any vehicles which they did not recognise near to the farm or people taking an interest in the specific area to get in contact.
“We are warning other farmers in the area to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police immediately. We advised people who are not yet on Farmwatch to join and also our Community Messaging scheme to keep up to date with anything in the local area.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Ulverston Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The farmer, Mr Robert Rose is so upset by the incident that he is offer a substantial cash reward to any person who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.
For more information about Community Messaging, visit http://www.cumbria.police.uk/contact-us/cumbria-community-messaging
Or Farmwatch at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/advice-and-information/wildlife-rural-crime...