Pictures of 116 sheep killed at West Dean released

Police have released pictures of the herd of sheep killed in a suspected dog attack near Chichester.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 8:22 am
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 8:26 am
The 116 sheep were found dead by the farmer on land in the West Dean Estate on Monday

One of the images shows the farmer pictured alongside all 116 sheep that he found dead on his farm at West Dean on Monday.

They were found crushed up against the gate and fell into the heap shown when it was opened by the farmer, police said.

It has been called the ‘UK’s worst sheep attack in living memory’ and police suspect the animals panicked after being herded by dogs, dying from shock or getting crushed.

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All 116 sheep and the farmer who found them. Police pics

Many of the sheep were pregnant and they were said to be worth around £17,000.

Sergeant Tom Carter from Sussex Police said: “I have never seen or heard of sheep-worrying on this scale before and this was a terrible sight.”

All 116 sheep and the farmer who found them. Police pics