SHEEP DEATHS: Police release man

SHEEP DEATHS: Police release man

Published by Mike Draper at 12:43pm 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 12:45pm 3rd February 2020)

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Officers have been investigating after six sheep were killed in separate attacks across the New Forest.

The livestock were found in Bramshaw and Cadnam in three locations, in November and January, with what police described as 'puncture wounds.'

A 41 year old man from Winchester was detained on suspicion of six counts of criminal damage.

Hampshire Constabulary have now confirmed he's been released pending further enquiries.


The deaths sparked concerns modern-day Satanists were targeting animals as some of the livestock had been spray-painted with pentagram.

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

The devil's number, 666, was sprayed onto the door of nearby St Peter’s Church.

St Peter's Church Bramshaw New Forest
Satanic symbols were also found painted on Bramshaw Church.

In one of the most recent incidents, on the 2nd of January, a sheep was found dead in the middle of a road in Cadnam with a pitch fork embedded in it, a cross made of hay was also found nearby.

Three cows were also found with stab wounds at Linwood in November.


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