8th Dec, 2016

Can't pull the wool over our eyes: Police arrest trio of suspected sheep poachers

Solihull Editorial 11th May, 2016 Updated: 24th Oct, 2016

A TRIO of suspected poachers are behind baa-rs after police found three sheep in the back of their people carrier.

Officers spotted the woolly back-seat passengers being driven in a Ford Galaxy along Hob Moor Road, Yardley, in the early hours of May 10.

The vehicle tried making off but rammed into a parked car in Rosedale Road, causing the men to leap from the car and flee.

West Midlands Police units ? including a dog handler and the police helicopter ? flocked to the scene in a bid to find the suspects.

But their ‘shear’ determination paid off – with the men found hiding in a nearby conservatory and up a tree.

The men, Romanian nationals aged 22, 27 and 28, were herded into a police van and are currently in custody on suspicion of theft.

The lambs were recovered unhurt from the vehicle and have been temporarily re-homed on a farm in Sheldon while police make enquiries with regional farmers.

Inspector Paul Southern said: “It’s not every day we recover live stolen property, but the lambs seem none the worse for their adventure.

“We are now trying to trace where they came from and are asking farmers to check their flocks to see if they have any missing.”

Anyone with information to help trace the owner should call police on 101.