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Sickening dog attack on sheep released to help track owner

A disturbing image of a dog attacking a sheep near Horsham has been released in a bid to find the owner of the animal.

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The attack happened in a field on Wednesday, January 16, at Old Holbrook, just north of the A264.

A farmer reported that a black Labrador was worrying livestock at Morris Farm around 4.30pm. The dog was being whistled from a distance and was being called by a name that sounded like ‘Chester’ and eventually ran off towards the caller.

Sadly, the sheep that it had attacked was so severely injured that it had to be put down.

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

“Time and time again we warn dog owners not to let their animals off the lead anywhere in the vicinity of livestock. Your docile family pet can turn vicious killer in the blink of an eye as the photo here sadly proves.

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

Anyone with information about the incident or who knows the dog or its owner is asked to report online or call 101 quoting serial 878 of 16/01. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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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