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Sheep Theft (22901/18)


For the calendar years 2014 – 2018 (until 9/11/2018):

The number of thefts of sheep, broken down by outcome. Depending on the number of results returned, we can then identify the total number of sheep stolen, where recorded in the MO notes.


Please find our response below.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.


Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Count of sheep thefts 1 2 0 2 1


Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of sheep stolen* 1 2 0 1 3


Outcome 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Investigation complete: no suspect identified. Crime investigated as far as reasonably possible – case closed pending further investigative opportunities becoming available 1 2 0 2 1

*Please note that we have only been able to identify the number of sheep stolen where recorded in the MO notes.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.


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