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Mystery gunman hunted after two sheep are shot near A38 in Devon

By WMNPBowern  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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A mystery gunman with a high-powered rifle has shot two sheep, close to one of Devon's busiest roads.

One sheep was killed and the other slightly injured in the attack in a field at Pridhamsleigh, alongside the A38 Devon Expressway, near Buckfastleigh.

PC Nick Talbot of Devon and Cornwall police said there were fears for the safety of the public if the gunman struck again. 

"An apparently motiveless shooting like this is a concern," he warned.

He asked anyone who might have seen unusual activity in the area between January 26 and January 29,  when the shooting took place, to telephone the police non-emergency number on 101 quoting crime number JS/13/117

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  • omnivore23  |  February 08 2013, 10:46PM

    Charlie - can you imagine the costs involved in rounding up all the licensed firearms in devon and runnnig ballistics tests? ......for a couple of sheep? You lot would go fekking ballistic. Now THAT"S not rocket science.

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  • ThatsYourWife  |  February 08 2013, 8:29PM

    Probably a spurned welshman who caught his wife cheating.

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  • Jungle_Jim  |  February 08 2013, 6:48PM

    Indeed Charlie, it's ballistics :-)

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  • CharlieDodd  |  February 08 2013, 3:28PM

    If the coppers have found the bullet they can round up all the licensed high-power rifles in Devon (there can't be many) and forensically match the bullet to the weapon, it's not rocket science.

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  • anon132  |  February 07 2013, 10:31PM

    A threat to members of the public? Thats it, the sheepskin coat's going straight to the charity shop.

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  • SteffiGraz  |  February 07 2013, 10:01PM

    If a horse had been shot as well you would be able to put the finger of blame on Tesco's meat counter.

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  • jboy66  |  February 07 2013, 9:11PM

    Baa Gun Bug

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  • shipmateron  |  February 07 2013, 7:33PM

    Presumably the police are calling it motiveless because there is no evidence that anyone had a grudge against the sheep in question?

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