Farmer claims more sheep have been shot

A North Mainland farmer has renewed claims that his sheep are being shot dead.

In June a police investigation was launched when Allan Ridland, of Punds, Voxter, claimed almost 100 of his sheep had been shot dead since last March.


More dead sheep, which farmer Allan Ridland says have been shot, have been found near Voxter. Photo: Stephen Gordon
More dead sheep, which farmer Allan Ridland says have been shot, have been found near Voxter. Photo: Stephen Gordon

Mr Ridland says that after a brief lull in the killings – following the story’s publication in the local press – the slaughter has now “started up again”.


On Monday Mr Ridland brought the carcass of a sheep he claims was shot last Thursday to the Lerwick police station.

He claims that he has continued to find corpses, both recent and historic. He believes that the amount of dead sheep now stands at over 150 and includes ewes, lambs and hogs.

The farmer says that he knows who the perpetrators are but is unable to prove their guilt. He also claims to have “caught them at it.”

Police in Lerwick confirmed that Mr Ridland had visited the station with a sheep carcass. They said that it would be inappropriate to comment on the case and added that enquiries were ongoing.


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  • ian tinkler

    • August 22nd, 2016 20:41

    It should not be hard using Forensic Science and simple firearms ballistics to ascertain what weapon killed these sheep if indeed they were shot! It is not rocket science. Rather the same as who is shooting seals. One sometimes one wonders what Nothern Constabulary are doing! Heads up the fundamental, chasing pot smokers perhaps?


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