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Farmers warned over sheep rustling

Farmers are being encouraged to do more to prevent the growing problem of livestock rustling across the UK.

One insurer says the number of cases of stolen animals more than doubled over the last year, compared to the previous year.

NFU Mutual estimates more than 60,000 sheep could have been stolen in the UK in the first 10 months of the year. It says livestock theft is costing UK farmers at least £6m a year based on insurance claims, but the true total is much higher.

Danny Savage reports.

  • 26 Dec 2011
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