Bulls stolen from Lancashire farm

Police are appealing for meat-buyers to be on the look out for stolen beef after four bulls were taken from a farm in Lancashire on Tuesday night.

The cattle were taken from a field at Bull Bank Farm in Wennington. All four animals have been tagged in both ears with Defra registration chips. The numbers are 182413500459, 103409300635, 182075400069 and 125659500897.

PC Ben Hanley of the Lancashire Constabulary said: I would like to appeal to local markets that sell livestock to check the registration chips of cattle being brought in to see if they match any of the stolen bulls.

I would also urge people buying livestock to be vigilant and check the tags. If anybody has any information at all about the theft, then I would urge them to contact the police.

This is the latest in a series of livestock thefts, which is thought to have been exacerbated by the rising cost of meat. In April, six men were arrested after 16 lambs were discovered crammed into two cars stopped by police on the M5. They had been stolen from a farm in Toddington, Gloucestershire.

A Devon farmer painted his entire flock bright orange after losing 200 sheep to theft.

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