Farm­ers fleeced as stock rus­tled

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Two hun­dred ewes were taken from a farm near Rivers­dale and two rams have been found butchered near Bal­four, prompt­ing po­lice to warn the ru­ral com­mu­nity to be vig­i­lant.

Se­nior Con­sta­ble Adam Roberts said a truck would have been needed to move the ewes, which were re­ported miss­ing from a graz­ing block on the Pyra­midWai­pounamu Rd near Rivers­dale about two months ago.

‘‘Who­ever took them needed their own land to put them on and the means to be able to move them.’’

It was pos­si­ble they had been in­te­grated into an ex­ist­ing herd, he said.

The two rams were found butchered on a farm on Ste­fan Rd at Bal­four last week.

Roberts said peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas needed to re­port any­thing they thought was sus­pi­cious to po­lice when they saw it, so it could be checked out at the time.

‘‘It’s sum­mer time and peo­ple are out and about so they need to be more vig­i­lant.

‘‘If you see some­thing and you think it’s not quite right, either stop and check it out or give po­lice a call straight away so that we can. We have no prob­lem at all be­ing called out to a false alarm; that’s bet­ter than hav­ing to in­ves­ti­gate a crime later on.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the rustling could con­tact Roberts at the Rivers­dale sta­tion on (03) 2024140.

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