26/06/2015

Other News In Brief

Investigation Underway Into 'To Order' Sheep Thefts

Avon and Somerset Police have appealed for information on the theft of hundreds of sheep.

An investigation has been launched into a series of rustling crimes, which has led to nearly 500 animals being stolen within six weeks and the possibility of their meat entering the market illegally.

Rustlers have been targeting lambs and their mothers in a spike in cases shortly before farmers would probably have been sending the lambs to market or slaughter.

At least 480 lambs, ewes and rams have been stolen between 12 May and 18 June, costing some farmers £10,000 or even more in a single raid.

Sgt Stuart Williams of the Rural Crime Team said: "Anyone involved in this crime, whether they are buying animals they know are stolen or their meat, is helping destroy honest businesses and lining the pockets of criminals.

"All the thefts are being investigated, and our units are stopping and checking vehicles capable of carrying livestock day and night to check tags and paperwork."

Actor Patrick Macnee Dies Aged 93

Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.

Mr Macnee is understood to have died at home with his family at his bedside at his home in California's Rancho Mirage on Thursday.

A statement on Macnee's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."

Bristol's St Paul's Carnival Cancelled

Organisers of the St Paul's street carnival in Bristol have announced that this years event has been cancelled.

The carnival is one of the largest to take place in Europe, attracting tens of thousands of people to the city each year.

However, organisers have said that unforeseen challenges and setbacks" meant that this years event wouldn't go ahead.

It is understood that a smaller indoor event is being planned for September.

(MH)

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