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Animals Lives Threatened By Vandalism

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8:00am 27th January 2013

Pirate FM has learnt vandals are leaving animals lives in danger at farms in West Cornwall.

Police say there has been a spike in damage to things like fencing, gates and troughs.

They are being dismantled, removed or cut open.

Louise Walker from the National Animal Welfare Centre in Hayle said it is very worrying:

"They know of nowhere else, they know the land and they are obviously going to be very frightened when they get out. They can either eat the wrong things and it can be fatal, cause road accidents which again can be fatal. It can really cause serious trouble.

"It's very worrying for all animal owners, not just large animal owners but for small animal owners as well. You think you've got all your boundaries safe and why people would want to tamper with those things, well it's just beyond me"
Sergeant Cara Trott, Neighbourhood Team Leader for the area said:

"Police are investigating these incidents and anyone caught will be prosecuted for criminal damage.

"Whatever the motive, these incidents are criminal and are also extremely dangerous. Cattle and ponies getting onto the winding roads where people are not expecting them could result in someone getting killed.

"One of these farms has been attacked at least fifteen times Since September alone.

"I would urge anyone carrying out these offences to stop before someone is seriously injured. We will do everything we can to find out who is responsible so that these farming families can live without the fear of continually being victimised".

Anyone who has any information or has witnessed any of these incidents, please call Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference AP/13/56

8:00am 27th January 2013

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