Man arrested after spate of 'occult' sheep attacks in Hampshire

A MAN has been arrested following a number of ‘occult’ sheep attacks.

Friday, 24th January 2020, 4:19 pm
Updated Friday, 24th January 2020, 7:54 pm
Undated handout photo of a dead sheep, which was attacked, and had occult symbols painted on its wool coat. PA/PA Wire
Undated handout photo of a dead sheep, which was attacked, and had occult symbols painted on its wool coat. PA/PA Wire

The 41-year-old from Winchester was arrested on suspicion of six counts of criminal damage.

A police spokesman said: ‘Officers investigating a number of sheep deaths in the New Forest have today arrested a man.

‘They relate to the deaths of sheep in Wittensford Lane and Kewlake Lane, Cadnam, and Penn Road, Bramshaw.

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‘He remains in custody at this time.’

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In November a dead ewe which had suffered a puncture wound to its side was found in Penn Common Road, Bramshaw, Hampshire.

A local resident found the sheep with a pentagram painted on its side, a star on its face as well as an inverted cross and the number 666 which is linked to the devil.

She told PA: ‘I was genuinely shocked to find something like that in the forest, I couldn't believe it.’