TWO CALVES were killed and two more badly injured during a vicious livestock attack at a farm in Frankley Green overnight.
The incident happened between 6pm yesterday (Sunday) and 8am this morning (Monday).
It is believed the calves were targeted for illegal markets as meat was taken from the two found dead. Unfortunately, another two were also attacked and injured and will now be put to sleep.
Police are carrying out enquiries to establish whether this is linked to a previous incident at another farm in Frankley on September 11 where three calves were killed in a bid to steal their meat.
The offenders killed three calves at a location near Egg Hill Lane on that occasion but were interrupted before they could get away with the meat.
PC Dale Tomkins, Rural and Business Officer for North Worcestershire, said: “We would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activities around the Frankley Green Lane area overnight to contact us please.
“It’s likely the offenders would have needed a reasonably sized vehicle, possibly even a van or pick-up, to make off with this quantity of meat.”
He urged witnesses or anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone offered meat on the black market should also report it.
The police are reminding people it is not only illegal, but people cannot be sure of its origins or quality so it could be unfit to eat or even dangerous.
Farmers and landowners can visit westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rc/rural-crime/rural-crime-prevention/ for more information on preventing rural crime.