POLICE and the Food Standards Agency are urging people to be vigilant when buying meat after 47 sheep were stolen, and three shot.
The injured animals had to be put down, and the FSA have raised concerns over public health if the stolen animals are prepared for food.
An FSA spokesman, said: “As all meat intended for human consumption is required to be inspected and health marked to indicate that the meat is fit for human consumption.
“People should not purchase or consume meat from unknown sources.”
The animals were taken from Houndkirk Moor, between Fox House and Surprise View just off Hathersage Road, sometime between September, 27 and November, 18 2011.
Anyone with any information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 325 of the 18 November 2011.
By Ellie Hunter