Yorkshire farmers on alert against sheep rustlers.

The Yorkshire Post has reported that gangs of sheep rustlers have been targeting farms across Yorkshire as a dramatic rise in the price of lamb has sparked a resurgence of the crime.  And with many of the stolen livestock being killed in unlicensed back-street slaughterhouses before being sold on the region's streets, rural communities have been urged to come together to halt the trend.

There has been a sharp rise in reported sheep thefts across North and East Yorkshire in the past 12 months with 133 animals stolen in four separate incidents around Harrogate in the past few weeks alone.

Police say the rustlers are striking in the dead of night and are believed to be using sheepdogs to herd the animals into trailers which are then towed away.

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