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Man arrested in wake of New Forest sheep stabbings faces no further action

NO further action will be taken against a man who was arrested and questioned by detectives in relation to the grisly deaths of half a dozen sheep.

A Hampshire Police spokesperson confirmed the news concerning the suspect, a 43-year-old from Totton, on Friday morning.

As previously reported in the A&T, there were six sheep deaths between mid-November 2019 and late January 2020, including one incident in which an animal was killed with a pitchfork.

This sheep as fgound with a pitchfork embedded in it (46241523)
This sheep as fgound with a pitchfork embedded in it (46241523)

The gruesome discoveries sparked police patrols and fears modern-day Satanists were targetting the animals as some of those found slain had been spray-painted with pentagrams, and upside-down crosses were left close by.

The incidents took place in Bolde, Bramshaw and Cadnam and shocked their owners.

At the time, Wendy Maughan, who owned sheep discovered dead in Cadnam, told the A&T she believed the killers must have known how to handle livestock and said it was very "sinister" since the incident involved intent and planning on the perpetrator's behalf.

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch team investigated and liaised with the verderers, Commoners' Defence Association and affected livestock owners.

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