Approximately 50 sheep have been stolen from a field near Dorchester.

Between 7.30pm on Monday, August 17 and early the next morning, the sheep were stolen from a field in Piddletrenthide.

A nearby neighbour’s dog was consistently barking around 5am on Tuesday morning and police think that it is likely that the theft occurred around this time.

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Dorset Police are asking that if you have any information that can assist with their enquiries to contact them quoting occurrence 55200123407.

They say that it is important to report any suspicious circumstances and this can be done by calling 101 or visiting