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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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Young man knocked unconscious and robbed in broad daylight in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in Crawley Memorial Gardens.

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At about 1pm on Sunday 21 July, the 26-year-old victim was walking through the Memorial Gardens when he was hit from behind to the side of his head with a solid object and fell to the ground, losing consciousness.

His mobile phone and wallet were stolen.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a large lump to the side of his head and bruising to his eye and cheek.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said;

“We would like to trace three men seen in the area at the time. One is described as black, in his early 20’s, 5’6”, with a short black afro and of skinny build, wearing a plain black t-shirt and Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was described as black, about 17 years old, 5’4 and skinny build, wearing a red head covering. The last man is described as black, around 19 years old and of skinny build.

“If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 718 of 21/07.”

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