Concern following sheep attacks

A charity event will be held in Stewartstown on a farm similar to this one.
A charity event will be held in Stewartstown on a farm similar to this one.

Police are investigating a number of animal attacks on sheep along with some so-called ‘big cat’ sightings.

Over recent weeks a number of farmers in the Hill Road, Ballynahinch Road and Mullaghdrin Road areas are understood to have found sheep killed in what have appeared to be violent animal attacks.

Some other landowners have found they have sheep missing and others bloodied and injured.

Some local residents have also claimed to have seen a ‘big cat’ in the same general area over a similar period of time.

These issues have now been brought to police attention and local officers are making enquiries.

A police spokesperson said: “While we would stress that there has been no confirmation of the presence of any ‘big cat’ in the area, we would ask that anyone who has lost sheep or other livestock in similar fashion recently or anyone who sees an animal which they believe to be dangerous, get in contact police.

“Under no circumstances should any wild or undomesticated animal be approached.”

If you have nay information on the animal attacks please call local police on 0845 600 8000.