Police report drop in attacks on sheep

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ATTACKS on sheep in rural Burnley have fallen thanks to a police safety campaign.

A spate of attacks on livestock had been reported by farmers in the Worsthorne area.

But police launched a campaign to promote responsible dog walking which has seen incidents drop off.

Leaflets and posters were handed out and officers carried out extra patrols to speak to dog walkers about their responsibilities.

PCSO for Cliviger and Worsthorne Dave Johnson said: “Since the campaign was launched, we have seen a significant reduction in the number of reported incidents. We work closely with farmers as part of the Rural Watch scheme and we continue to encourage people living in rural areas to report any incidents to the police.

“I urge people to continue to keep their dogs on a lead and under control. These attacks not only cause suffering to the animals but also to the farmer whose livelihood can be affected.”

Last week, police in Lancashire also launched a countywide campaign to crackdown on rural crime.

Officers stop checked 688 vehicles, seizing six of them and made 16 arrests during Operation Firecrest. Almost £16,000 of property was recovered, more than 55 rural crime suspects were visited and handed warning letters and officers also visited 22 scrap yards as part of the week long operation

Anyone with information or concerns about dog attacks can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.