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Neighbours disgusted after mutilated sheep's head found in Willington yard
RESIDENTS have spoken of their shock and disgust after a sheep’s head was found in the backyard of a house.
A man and woman have been arrested and remain in police custody after the animal was allegedly mutilated and then killed in Willington, County Durham, on Sunday (Aug 25).
Police received calls from concerned residents on North Terrace late on Sunday night into early Monday morning reporting a sheep’s head had been left in the rear yard of a property.
When officers made enquiries they then discovered the rest of the carcass in a nearby farmer’s field.
The carcass was removed to a local vet’s who carried out an initial examination which suggested the animal was mutilated before it died.
Two people living nearby, a man aged 28 originally from Consett and a woman aged 39, have been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and outraging public decency.
Several knives have also been seized from the house and a Staffordshire bull terrier has been removed from the property and is in local kennels.
Police have confirmed they are investigating claims the sheep’s head was shown to a number of young children before it was left in the rear yard.
Neighbours said they were disgusted.
One woman said: “It is just sick, it’s impossible to believe something like that could happen around here.”
Neighbours said they called police at around 1.30am to report the death of the sheep, and again at 4.30am, but officers did not arrive until after 9am.
Another woman said: “They did not seem to realise just how serious it was, they did apologise when they came though and are taking it very seriously now.
“The kids in this street are terrified by it all, what’s happened is just sick and disgusting.”
Anyone with information who has not already contacted the police is urged to ring 101 and ask for the Neighbourhood Police Team based at Crook.
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