Beware of dodgy meat sold by poachers near Plymouth, say police
PLYMOUTH people are being warned to beware of knock-off meat after sheep and lambs were butchered on farmland.
The offenders are thought to have struck on remote farmland at least eight times between November last and February 2013, leaving the unwanted remains of the animals behind.
Police are now warning people not to buy any mutton or lamb meat offered for sale as many of the animals had just been vaccinated and the meat was unfit for human consumption.
PC Lawrence Wills, who is investigating the cases, said: "The manner in which most of the animals were attacked suggests that the person responsible may have some knowledge of butchery.
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"We would urge any individual or business not to buy any cheap mutton or lamb offered for sale in Plymouth because of the risks to human health."
In the latest incident, police say around 10 sheep and lambs were killed in the Newton Abbot and Teign Valley areas.
Anyone offered suspicious meat for sale should call PC Wills on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 080 555111, quoting crime reference JA/13/114.