Butchers warned against accepting stolen sheep

Butchers in the Northamptonshire area have been warned about contaminated meat.

Northamptonshire Police issued the warning after five sheep were stolen on two separate occasions from land near Cottingham. Five of these have turned up having been killed, skinned and the meat taken in a manner that was clear they were killed for their meat.

The police have urged caution due to the fact the sheep were given Noromectin, a drug used to treat worms in sheep, the day before they were stolen. Typically sheep are not slaughtered for human consumption until 42 days after the last treatment and consuming the meat before then could cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

A police spokesman said: Wed ask the public to be very vigilant of people selling meat in the area, in particular local butchers who might be approached.

Anyone with information about the sheep thefts has been urged to contact Northamptonshire police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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