This is a very disturbing news story Hunt for sheep slayer, not lest because it is very close to home. I’m a member of the River Cottage Forum and a neighbour of the farmer has posted saying that the police where just not interested until the press where called in.
Last year we had three, possible four, sheep shot with an air riffle. Luckily no ‘real’ damage was done but the police weren’t very willing to help in that case either.
I blame the ‘media bubble’ that we live in today, where everyone has their own lives and do not want it to be touched by others. As with the ewe we rescued the other week (who is doing fine) it’s always someone else’s problem to deal with.