Shocked police find sheep in car boot after pulling driver over for running red light

Ellen Manning
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Police stopped a car that had run through a red light - only to discover a SHEEP in the boot.  See SWNS story SWMDsheep. Leicestershire police said the ewe, which was found in the back of a Peugeot in Loughborough High Street on Friday (2/2) at 8.50pm. The farm animal is said to be in good health after being found stood up in the rear of the vehicle.  The police are investigating but the driver and passenger claimed the animal was brought legitimately.
Leicestershire police said officers found a ewe in the back of a Peugeot in Loughborough High Street on Friday. (SWNS)

Police who pulled a driver over for running a red light were shocked to find a sheep in the boot of the car they were driving. 

Leicestershire Police said the ewe was in good health after it was found standing up in the boot of the Peugeot when it was pulled over in Loughborough on Good Friday (April 2). 

The driver and passenger in the car claimed the animal was bought legitimately, but police have launched an investigation. The Peugeot was also seized after officers found it had no insurance and MOT.

Police stopped a car that had run through a red light - only to discover a SHEEP in the boot.  See SWNS story SWMDsheep. Leicestershire police said the ewe, which was found in the back of a Peugeot in Loughborough High Street on Friday (2/2) at 8.50pm. The farm animal is said to be in good health after being found stood up in the rear of the vehicle.  The police are investigating but the driver and passenger claimed the animal was brought legitimately.
The ewe is said to be in good health after being found stood up in the boot of the Peugeot. (SWNS)

Revealing the surprise discovery on Leicestershire and Rutland Crime team鈥檚 Facebook page, the force said: "The vehicle ran a red light and so drew officers attention to it.

"The car was seized as it had no MOT or insurance and the ewe has been safely recovered and is in good health.

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"The driver and passenger will be spoken to in the near future in a police interview.

"Enquiries are ongoing to locate the owner to identify where it鈥檚 come from, despite an account from those involved claiming it was legitimately purchased."

Police have urged anyone who thinks the sheep might be theirs to get in touch. (SWNS)
Police have urged anyone who thinks the sheep might be theirs to get in touch. (SWNS)

The force said until an owner of the ewe was identified, they could not 'charge' the suspects with an offence. 

It added: "We know this is an emotive subject and it鈥檚 one that we will be properly addressed as the investigation unfolds. We will be speaking to DEFRA next week using the ear tag numbers."

The force urged anyone who thinks the ewe might belong to them to get in touch, saying that person would need to prove ownership of the animal. 

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