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Sheepdog stolen from Devon recovered by police in Warwickshire

A SHEEPDOG snatched in the dead of night from a farm in Devon was quickly recovered by Warwickshire Police at an address in Southam.

Fern with officers from the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (53621047)
Fern with officers from the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (53621047)

Fern, a Border Collie, was stolen from a farm in Thornbury overnight on Monday (6th December).

The working dog, responsible for keeping 800 sheep, is a key part of the farm’s operation as well as a beloved family member.

Devon and Cornwall police contacted the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (WRCT) after information emerged that Fern might be in the south Warwickshire area.

A specialist dog officer from Warwickshire, along with several members of the WRCT, visited a property in Southam where a Border Collie was discovered.

Officers used their pet chip scanners to confirm the dog was Fern and took her from the property.

A Warwickshire Police statement said: “Fern is as exceptional working Collie. The theft not only impacted the farmer’s ability to control their flock, but the worry of losing a four legged family member must have been awful.

“This result is a great early Christmas present for the team and really shows what's possible with borderless policing.”

Officers added that four men from the Southam address were assisting with enquiries.

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