Wales

North Wales sheep thefts by 'organised criminal gangs'

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Organised criminal gangs are believed to be behind the thefts of more than 100 sheep and other animals.

North Wales Police have warned farmers after livestock was taken from farms in Gwynedd, Conwy county and Denbighshire in the last few weeks.

Officers have said 80 sheep have gone missing in Bala, Llanrwst, Betws y Coed and Rhuallt in the last week

They said the thefts appeared to be a professional operation.

Rob Taylor, from the force's rural crime team, said the animals are likely being sold on or slaughtered illegally.

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