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Chester Police launch appeal after 178 pigs were stolen from a farm in Frodsham

Police in Chester are appealing to the public after for any information following the theft of nearly 200 pigs were stolen from a farm near Frodsham.

Police were called to reports of a burglary at a commercial farm on Hatley Lane, Frodsham Shortly after 7.30am on Monday 11 September.

Offenders had forced entry into a pig farm, using bolt cutters to gain access to the shed.

Once inside the building the thieves loaded 178 pigs into large vehicle, possible a professional stock carrier, before fleeing the scene, say police.

The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between 6.00pm on 10 September and 7.00am on Monday 11 September.

Detective Constable Iestyn Lewis-Jones said:

“We treat all reports of rural crime extremely seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to make our rural communities safer.

Investigations in relation to this incident are currently ongoing and we are following a number a number of lines of enquiry; early indications suggest this incident may have been a targeted burglary.

As part of the investigation I’m keen to hear from anyone in the local area who believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious on the night this incident occurred.

I’d also like to urge other farmers in the local are to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately by contacting us on 101.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the burglary is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 111 of 11/09/2017.

Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.