Three sheep were found dead and 12 others injured in a suspected animal attack in Ventnor earlier this week.

Hampshire Constabulary says the discovery was made on Monday (24) morning in a field off Blackgang Road. It’s thought to have happened the previous day.

Police say they’re carrying out enquiries to see if the incident is linked to a report where two sheep were injured in the same fields on the morning of Wednesday 12 September.

This is the third suspected animal attack in a matter of weeks.

Earlier this month (6), more than 20 dead sheep were found between the fishing lakes and the cycle track in Hale Common near Arreton.

Police Community Support Officer Justin Keefe said:

“Some of the sheep involved in these incidents appear to have been bitten, but it’s not clear as to what animal may have caused these injuries at this stage.

“We are trying to establish whether the two reports in the field on Blackgang Road are linked. We are not currently linking the third incident near to Arreton to those in Ventnor.

“The Country Watch team is continuing to carry out enquiries about these incidents to establish what happened. Have you seen an animal, such as a dog, running loose in either area or has your animal returned home with indications that it may have been involved?”

Officers are urging dog owners to keep their pets under close control.

If you have any information you’re being urged to call PCSO Justin Keefe on 101, quoting 44180365674.