*Warning - Upsetting image in the story*

Police have appealed for witnesses and information after a sheep worrying incident that saw a sheep have to be put down after suffering a broken splintered neck bone and deep puncture wounds.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police are desperate to get information about the incident, which happened overnight on Tuesday, February 6 in a field by River Leven near the junction of the A172 and Thirsk Road, Stokesley.

According to the police force, the sheep was injured during a suspected attack by a dog.

The Northern Echo: The injuries that the sheep sustained The injuries that the sheep sustained (Image: NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

Following the incident, the sheep suffered a deep puncture wound and broken splintered neck bones and it needed to be put down.

Police are now requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.


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In particular, officers are appealing for information about any person seen walking their dog in the field during this time.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should email Hannah.Lancaster@northyorkshire.police.uk. 

You can also call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and ask for Hannah Lancaster, quoting the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12240023364.