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£3,000 worth of fresh meat has been stolen from a butchers in Witchampton - much of which had been pre-ordered for people's Christmas dinners.
Police in Wimborne are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of a large quantity of meat from a butchers store in the Witchampton area.
The incident, in which offenders forced entry through a window and stole around £3000 of fresh meat from display fridges, happened at High Lea Farm Butchers off Witchhampton Lane between 5pm on Tuesday 20 December and 2.30am on Wednesday 21 December 2011.
Police Constable Stewart Gates said: “The stolen meat includes bacon, sausages, chickens, lamb joints and steak cuts – much of which had been pre-ordered by customers for their Christmas meals.
“I am appealing for witnesses, and anyone with any information about those responsible for this burglary, to contact me as soon as possible.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone who has been offered such items in unusual circumstances or for unusually cheap prices.
“All calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 21:38. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.