Three sheep found dead in the New Forest

Three sheep found dead in the New Forest

Published by Jack Deery at 4:07pm 22nd January 2020. (Updated at 9:27am 23rd January 2020)

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The animals were found in Cadnam and Bramshaw with puncture wounds.

The body of a sheep was found with a puncture wound to its neck at Penn Common Road in Bramshaw.

The other two animals were discovered in the Wittensford Lane area of Cadnam, one had a puncture would to its shoulder.

Hampshire Police say the incidents in the neighbouring parishes took place between the 16th and 20th January.

Two of the three were found in the Wittensford Lane area of Cadnam


The latest deaths come just weeks after a sheep was found stabbed to death in Cadnam with a pitchfork.

The animal was found in the middle of Kewlake Lane with a cross made of hay left nearby.

In November a ewe was fatally stabbed near Bramshaw and marked with pentagrams, a five pointed star often associated with occultism.

Satanic symbols including the devil's number - 666 - were sprayed onto the door of St Peter’s Church in the village in November.

St Peter's Church Bramshaw New Forest
An inverted cross and the number 666 was painted on St Peter's Church two months ago.

Three cows, a heifer and two calves, were also found with stab wounds at Linwood in November.

Hampshire Police say they are looking into whether the recent incidents are linked

A spokesperson for the force said:

"Officers will look to see if there are any links between these sheep deaths and any other similar incidents in the New Forest."

Targeted patrols of areas in the Forest will continue."


Officers from Hampshire Constabulary's Country Watch team are liaising with affected livestock owners and are hoping someone may be able to help with their investigations.

Anyone with information on these incidents, or any other incidents, should call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44200013948.

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