POLICE in Burnley are warning people to be vigilant as potentially harmful meat could be being sold cheaply in the area.
Sometime between 7pm on Monday and 8am on Tuesday, an unknown person slaughtered and stole a lamb from Higher Micklehurst Farm in Manchester Road in Burnley.
The lamb’s stomach and intestines were left at the scene; however the rest of the animal was taken.
Police are concerned as the lamb had recently been injected with a worming agent which has a withdrawal period of 104 days. This means the meat shouldn’t enter the food chain for that period of time.
PC Martin Gallagher said: “We believe whoever did this will have some knowledge of butchery and it is possible the intention was to sell the meat on cheaply.
“We are not sure what effects, if any, this would have on a person if they were to eat the meat, but it is safe to say that it is not recommended.
“If anybody has been offered any cheap meat they are asked to contact police. If you believe you may have eaten this meat, we would advise being checked out by a doctor.
“If anybody has any information about this incident or knows who may have been responsible, please contact us.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.