Police urge farming community to keep eye out for stolen sheep-handling system
Malton and Ryedale's farming community are being urged to look out for a stolen £9,000 sheep-handling system.
The high-value equipment was stolen from a Ryedale farm sometime between Friday and Monday.
The culprits took a mobile sheep handling system and a sheep weigher from the farm near Hovingham.
Specialist rural crime officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce are investigating the theft.
The stolen equipment – a Rappa mobile sheep yard and a Ritchie Draft Pro weigher – are together worth more than £9,000.
The sheep-handling system was not packed up so police believe the offenders would have likely needed some knowledge of the equipment to be able to remove it.
Officers are asking anyone with information about the theft, who saw anything suspicious in the area or has seen the items offered for sale to get in touch.
Anyone who can help should contact North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce on 101. You can also email PC Mark Atkinson at [email protected], quoting reference number 12200156817.
A message from the editor
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the highest standards in the world.
The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers and consequently the advertising that we receive.
We are now more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news by buying a copy of our newspaper.
Jean MacQuarrie, Editor-in-Chief