Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

●● A PO­LICE sergeant has re­minded dog walk­ers that it’s il­le­gal to have out of con­trol pets in the for­est.

Sgt Simon Degg, from Macclesfield Po­lice, has said of­fi­cers are com­mit­ted to deal­ing with ru­ral crime and as part of this they are in­creas­ing pa­trols in and around Macclesfield For­est. One of the aims is to pro­tect sheep from at­tacks by dogs.

He said: “We want peo­ple to walk their dogs and en­joy the for­est but they must keep them un­der con­trol.

“It’s il­le­gal to have a dog dan­ger­ously out of con­trol in public.

“It’s about how we ed­u­cate peo­ple and we’re pa­trolling the for­est with the PCSOs to make sure peo­ple know when they should keep their dogs on a lead.

“If peo­ple are wor­ried, there is help they can get to keep their dog un­der con­trol.”

The warn­ing comes af­ter United Util­i­ties - which man­ages Macclesfield For­est - joined forces with the Peak Dis­trict Na­tional Park Author­ity to re­in­state signs to urge dog walk­ers to keep their pets on a lead. This is so they don’t pose a risk to peo­ple or wildlife.

Farmer Nigel Ham­mill re­ported two in­ci­dents of his sheep be­ing at­tacked in his field at Lan­g­ley in re­cent months.

He said: “Four of our sheep were mauled by a dog or dogs be­side the foot­path across the Hollins be­tween the golf course exit and the next stile on the way to Lan­g­ley Vil­lage. This fol­lowed a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in the same place in Fe­bru­ary. There are no­tices ask­ing folks to keep their dog on the lead through our farm, but many peo­ple are ig­nor­ing this, and we still see loose dogs with own­ers well be­hind.

“Most peo­ple are very re­spon­si­ble but even one loose dog can cause dev­as­ta­tion and im­mense suf­fer­ing.

“Th­ese sheep are still alive, but likely to lose a leg, in spite of care, and the preg­nant ewes may well abort.” ●● THE AN­NUAL Parochial Church meet­ing will take place on Sun­day, April 26, at 11.45am in the Sut­ton St James church hall.

Res­i­dents are in­vited to at­tend, find out what is go­ing on and share views. ●● AN OR­GAN con­cert will take place at a church in Win­cle on Satur­day, April 25, 7.30pm.

Pro­fes­sor Ian Tracey, prin­ci­pal or­gan­ist at Liver­pool Cathe­dral, will give a con­cert on the re­cently do­nated Makin or­gan in St Michael’s Church.

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