Dorset

Hens stolen weeks after ducks theft from Dorset farm

Twenty brown laying hens have been stolen from a farm in Dorset just weeks after a duck and 10 ducklings were stolen from the same address.

The hens, which have a combined value of about £400, were taken from a farm along Wareham Road in Organford near Poole between 2 and 3 November.

A small poultry house and a duck with her 10 ducklings were stolen from the same farm between 10 and 11 October.

It is the sixth break-in at the small holding so far this year.

Animal housing, feeding equipment and about 35 birds - including geese, chickens and ducks and rare breeds of poultry - have been stolen so far this year.

The owner of the small holding, who does not want to be named, said: "We've now stopped stocking rare breeds of poultry because we can't keep getting things nicked."

All of the hens had plastic yellow leg rings and are worth about £20 each, police said.

PC Claire Jephcott, of Dorset Police, said: "These have been very upsetting incidents for the victim."

Anyone offered poultry for an unusually low price is asked to contact police.

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