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Armadale sheep thieves warned over vaccine

Three sheep stolen from a field in West Lothian are not fit for human consumption due to high levels of vaccine, police have warned.

The theft happened between 12-14 November at a field in Armadale known locally as Minefield.

Three ewes, which are Charollais and Black Face cross breeds, were taken from the farmland between the north end of Bridgecastle Road and Woodbank Farm.

They have brown freckled faces and orange dye markings on their shoulders.

All three also had ear tags with the ID number UK542859.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "The farmer is, quite rightly, distraught at the theft of his sheep, and police would urge anyone with information that can help trace those responsible to come forward.

"The ewes were inoculated for worms in October and as such, will have high levels of the vaccination in their system. Their meat is, therefore, not fit for human consumption.

"A fairly large vehicle would be required to transport the animals and members of the public who remember seeing any suspicious activity in or around the farm in the past few weeks should contact police immediately."

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