As many as 48 sheep have been stolen from Bangor University’s agricultural research centre at Henfaes.
Police suspect the thieves were agricultural experts and had inside knowledge of the centre and also of the local area.
48 sheep belonging to Bangor University's research centre at Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn have been stolen from the Carneddau mountains. The offender would have had to know what they were doing and know the lay of the land. Any info? Please help us with our investigation. pic.twitter.com/YqDcuGi0Fn
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) August 7, 2018
North Wales Police said: “Forty eight sheep belonging to Bangor University’s research centre at Henfaes, Abergwyngregyn have been stolen from the Carneddau mountains. The offender would have had to know what they were doing and know the lay of the land.”
Rob Taylor, of North Wales Police Rural Crime Team, said: “We think the thieves are incredibly brave or incredibly naive because the A55 is well-covered with cameras. The lay person is not going to know how to round up sheep let alone take them away.
“They also have to have access to a specialist vehicle and specialist knowledge of where to dispose of the sheep, land and the market system. We are quite optimistic we can make a breakthrough.”
The research centre is set up so that experiments can be conducted at both sea-level and on the top of the Carneddau mountains, with the university also running a commercial sheep farm on the premises.