Police raids after Northants sheep killings

11 August 2019, 08:22 | Updated: 11 August 2019, 08:25

Northamptonshire sheep killings

One person has been arrested after a number of raids - part of an investigation into the slaughter and illegal butchery of sheep across Northamptonshire.

Officers from Northants and Warwickshire carried out the raids in Coventry - arresting a 39 year-old local man on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.


One person has been arrested in the West Midlands as police raided four addresses as part of an investigation into the slaughter and illegal butchery of sheep.

Officers from Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Police executed warrants at addresses in Coventry yesterday, Saturday, August 10.

The activity is part of Operation Stock, the Northamptonshire Police investigation into a number of reports of illegal sheep butchery and theft across the county, which is linked to similar investigations in neighbouring forces, including Warwickshire.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell, of Northampton CID, said:

"(yesterday morning’s) job has entailed around 25 officers from Northamptonshire and Warwickshire forces, including a specialist search team.

We are running this as a multi-agency joint enforcement operation, with partners here from Trading Standards and Environmental Health.

This enforcement operation demonstrates how seriously we are taking this crime series, and how intent we are on catching those responsible and bringing them to justice.”

A 39 year-old Coventry man arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage remains in police custody.

Anyone with information about offences linked to Operation Stock should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting the operation name. In an emergency, always call 999.