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Police appeal after more attacks on Newry sheep

By Staff Reporter

Police are appealing for witnesses after three "brutal, senseless attacks" in as many weeks near Newry in which at least 10 sheep were killed.

The two most recent attacks happened in Ballyholland, while the first occurred in the Mass Rock area. In the most recent incident, three sheep were attacked and killed some time between 8.30pm on July 5 and 8pm on July 7.

Before that, six sheep in the same area died after having their ears sliced off or being stabbed. The attack happened between 8.30pm on July 4 and 8am on July 5 when a number of sheep were attacked at Temple Hill Road.

Details of the initial attack have now also been revealed.

Chief Inspector Roy Robinson said: "On Thursday 22 June, between 9am and 7pm, several sheep were killed and badly injured in the Mass Rock area. There have now been three brutal, senseless attacks on animals in the local area in recent days."

He appealed for anyone with information to contact officers in Newry on 101, quoting reference number 1246 of 07/07/17.

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