Eleven arrests after dead sheep found at illegal abattoirs

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Eleven men have been arrested after police discovered two illegal abattoirs operating across two English counties.

Police found a number of sheep carcasses at a house in Scunthorpe which were believed to have been stolen from farmland before being slaughtered and butchered.

The grim discovery was made after officers received reports of suspicious activity in the Axholme Road area of the Lincolnshire town. Four men, aged 22, 29, 30 and 54, were arrested on suspicion of theft.

Neighbourhood inspector Mark Fletcher said Humberside Police are working closely with the local farming community and its local authority partners to identify any farmers who may have had sheep stolen.

“I would urge anyone who spots suspicious activity around farmland or believes someone is selling illegal meat to contact us on 101. We have a dedicated rural crime team that will investigate these matters,” added Insp Fletcher.

A cordon remains in place around the house as enquiries continue.

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