THE SLAUGHTER and butchering of sheep in fields has seen police arrest a man after raiding four addresses in Coventry.
Warwickshire Police and the neighbouring Northamptonshire force combined to execute warrants on Saturday as part of on-going investigations following a string of thefts, slaughters and illegal butchering across both counties, and in adjoining Leicestershire, this year
Warwickshire Police rural crime inspector Allison Wiggin said: “We would like to reassure the rural community that everything is being done to tackle this crime.
“This joint operation is a really positive step and sends a clear message to would-be offenders that we are determined to stop the offences and bringing those responsible to justice.
“We will do this through regular targeted operations and by working closely with neighbouring forces and partners to share best practice, intelligence and information.
“Whilst Warwickshire Police has put in place Operation Hillman to address the theft and illegal butchery of sheep, the importance of communities remaining vigilant, reporting anything suspicious in or near fields of livestock cannot be underestimated. Thank you to those that have done so already, it has been a great help.”
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe added tackling rural crime was among his key priorities.
He said: “I know that livestock thefts and the illegal butchery of farm animals has a major impact on farms and rural communities whenever it occurs.
“Criminals don’t respect borders, so it’s important that the police and partners work together in this way to identify, disrupt and bring to justice offenders. I have provided extra funding to make a major difference to the way in which Warwickshire Police tackles rural crime, so those responsible for these types of offences can expect to see further activity to stop them in their tracks in the coming months.
“The public can also play their part in continuing to provide good information to the police to help make Warwickshire safer and more secure.”
The warrants were executed at properties in Ransome Road, Fynford Road, Foleshill Road, and Eld Road.
A 39-year-old Coventry man arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage remains in police custody.