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Sheep worth up to £25,000 stolen from Ramsbottom field

Mr Holden runs the family sheep farm with his two sons

A flock of 271 sheep, worth up to £25,000, has been stolen from a field in Ramsbottom, Bury.

Thieves herded the sheep through a pen and into the back of what must have been a large vehicle, police said.

The National Famers' Union (NFU) said the scale of the theft was "highly unusual" and that lamb price hikes may make sheep more attractive to thieves.

Farmer William Holden said he felt "like I'd been kicked" when he discovered the theft on 13 May.

It is likely that they knew how to handle the sheep, which would mean they had knowledge of animal husbandry

Sgt Ben Hodgkinson

The Texel sheep are worth up to £90 each at live auction, said Mr Holden, 50, who inherited Higher Bold Venture Farm at Oswaldtwistle from his mother and now runs it with his two sons.

"Sheep are our livelihood. I just felt gutted, like I'd been kicked, when I drove over to the field at Ramsbottom and realised they'd gone.

"Whoever did it knew all about handling sheep. You couldn't round that number up and drive them all away without knowing what you're doing," said Mr Holden, who has a further 330 sheep and is insured under the NFU.

Increased lamb prices may make sheep more attractive to thieves

NFU Northwest spokesman Carl Hudspith said: "Sheep rustling appears to be on the increase, but we're more used to hearing about 10 to 50 being stolen."

Lamb meat prices have risen from £2.70 per kg in 2009 to £4.40 per kg in 2010, said Mr Hudspith.

"The value of the euro means lamb is no longer being imported and so British lamb prices have rocketed, so that may be a reason why thieves want to take sheep," he said.

For live sheep to be sold at auction they must be accompanied by official paperwork and ear-tag identification, which would make it difficult for the thieves to "off-load" their cargo legitimately at auction, he said.

Sgt Ben Hodgkinson, from Lancashire police, said: "It is likely that they knew how to handle the sheep, which would mean they had knowledge of animal husbandry.

"I would ask anyone who saw anything in respect of the theft of the sheep, or anyone who has any other information that might assist in their recovery, to contact the police."

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Thieves herded the sheep through a pen and into the back of what must have been a large vehicle, police said.

No shit . . . Sherlock!

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The National Famers' Union (NFU) said . . . may make sheep more attractive to thieves.

Ooo-err missus!

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Ooo-err missus!

How can sheep BE more attractive ?

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How can sheep BE more attractive ?

Especially ladyboy sheep from Rams-bottom.

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No shit . . . Sherlock!

If they'd used a tank landing craft painted with daisies they would have been able to herd them into the front of a pretty large vehicle. Of course there are practical issues getting a tank-landing craft into them hills so I'd recommend a DUKW - they could have flown.

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If they'd used a tank landing craft painted with daisies they would have been able to herd them into the front of a pretty large vehicle. Of course there are practical issues getting a tank-landing craft into them hills so I'd recommend a DUKW - they could have flown.

It's now being reported that the getaway vehicles were a fleet of 100 repossessed Foxtons Mini's.

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Was working this site in Buckinghamshire one year. I'd near finished the regen/ground enabling works when the main building contractor moved on site.

Anyway, it was just me and this site general foreman.

He was like Shrek. Seriously.

Sat in the office one day, deathly silence . . . he suddenly comes out with 'I fooked a donkey once'.

A savage. A true savage this bloke. Missing link material.

There was one Portaloo on site, we stayed, thankfully in separate bunkabins. 6am every morning, he'd be banging on the door of the thunder box 'hurry up, I need a shite''

Am I glad I moved to a war zone!

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Was working this site in Buckinghamshire one year. I'd near finished the regen/ground enabling works when the main building contractor moved on site.

Anyway, it was just me and this site general foreman.

He was like Shrek. Seriously.

Sat in the office one day, deathly silence . . . he suddenly comes out with 'I fooked a donkey once'.

A savage. A true savage this bloke. Missing link material.

There was one Portaloo on site, we stayed, thankfully in separate bunkabins. 6am every morning, he'd be banging on the door of the thunder box 'hurry up, I need a shite''

Am I glad I moved to a war zone!

There's something about the folk of Buckingham - never quite wanted to put my finger on it - I feel you may have though.

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Was working this site in Buckinghamshire one year. I'd near finished the regen/ground enabling works when the main building contractor moved on site.

Anyway, it was just me and this site general foreman.

He was like Shrek. Seriously.

Sat in the office one day, deathly silence . . . he suddenly comes out with 'I fooked a donkey once'.

A savage. A true savage this bloke. Missing link material.

There was one Portaloo on site, we stayed, thankfully in separate bunkabins. 6am every morning, he'd be banging on the door of the thunder box 'hurry up, I need a shite''

Am I glad I moved to a war zone!

Noodle made I breathe tea !

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There's something about the folk of Buckingham - never quite wanted to put my finger on it - I feel you may have though.

He were frum Leeds.

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This one's got a mischievious grin:

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And a come-on like in her eye.

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