A herd of cows was stolen from a Cornish farm, in the early days of lockdown, it’s been revealed.

The twenty three beasts – ten cows, each with one calf, and three heifers – disappeared from a field near Bodmin.

The owners of Lower Bodiniel Farm reported the disappearance to the police, who this week confimed they are treating the incident as theft.

The unfortunate Fresians disappeared Wednesday and Thursday morning of April 27th and 28th.

Cornwall rural affairs office PC Chris Collins said it was “unusual” for cows to be stolen.

Pc Chris Collins said cow theft was ‘unusual’ in Kernow

He added that the animals, being from a Dairy herd and used to being shifted about from place to place, likely proved fairly ‘amenable’ to the theft.

Pc Collins told local news: “Our initial enquiries, and efforts by the farmer to locate his animals, have led us to believe that the cows were stolen, rather than being lost.

“Dairy cows are more used to being moved around than beef cattle, so if they were taken, they would probably have been quite amenable when loaded onto a transporter.”

The cow-theft has left the farmer £15,000 out of pocket and the police are keen to track the animals down and bring the culprit to book.

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They’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious cow herding near Lower Bodiniel Farm between 10am on Wednesday 29th April, and 10.30am on the following day.

Anyone who has any information which could help is asked to call police on 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk.

You can call anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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