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Sheep-killer dog owner comes forward to police

The owner of a black Labrador that savaged a sheep near Horsham has made herself known to police after seeing the appeal for witnesses.

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The owner of a black Labrador that savaged a sheep near Horsham has made herself known to police after seeing the appeal for witnesses.

The dog was photographed attacking the sheep in a field at Morris Farm, Old Holbrook, on January 16. Sadly, the sheep that it attacked was so severely injured that it had to be put down.

Following an appeal for information, the owner of the dog came forward and the matter is now being dealt with by community resolution with the farmer being compensated for the loss of their livestock.

Sergeant Tom Carter, rural and wildlife crime lead for Sussex Police, said:

“The owner of this dog has done the right thing in coming forward and the farmer will be compensated for the loss of their sheep. However, you can’t compensate for the distress that this has caused and the potential effects that it may have on the rest of the flock, who are pregnant, and I would urge other dog owners to learn from this incident. Your docile family pet can turn vicious killer in the blink of an eye.

“By all means, enjoy the countryside with your dog, but please do not allow them off the lead anywhere near livestock and don’t assume that just because you can’t see them, sheep or other farm animals won’t be nearby, but just out of your view. Your dog will almost certainly know they’re there.”

Dog owners can find guidance on walking their animals near livestock on the NFU website. There is also advice for livestock owners and an opportunity to obtain Sussex Police posters here.

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‘Blood all over the road’ Stabbing in Broadfield last night only 150 yards from Primary School closes road

The cordon is not expected to be lifted till the afternoon.

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Police have cordoned off part of Seymour Road in Broadfield as they investigate a stabbing.

It occurred last night only 150 yards from a Primary School.

Officers were informed by ambulance a man had been injured in Seymour Road, Broadfield around 1.25am on Friday (May 24).

The victim, a local man in his 40s, was walking home when he was approached by another man, who had his face covered, and assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A scene guard currently remains in place.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or thinks they saw the victim either before or after the incident.

“We are relying on witnesses to provide first-hand accounts of the assault which is vital to aid our investigation.

“Serious violent crime in Crawley, which is not associated with other types of criminality, is rare.

“Communities will see an increase in high visibility patrols and we are encouraging witnesses to speak to those officers with any information they have.”

One resident said:

“I live yards from this and didn’t hear a thing last night. There’s blood all over the road!”

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information on the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gull.

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