Police were contacted after 76 sheep disappeared from an area of land at Capplegill Farm at the end of last week. The farm covers approximately 2500 acres of moorland and police say the sheep have distinctive yellow marks on their neck.
But this is not the first time sheep have mysteriously vanished from Capplegill, which is approximately six miles from Moffat. In April 2016, 560 cheviot sheep were reported missing but later appeared unharmed elsewhere on the estate. Later that year police helped farmer John Barker to carry out a boundary check of fencing at the farm after sheep were once again reported stolen. Then last year sheep were reportedly taken from the farm on two separate occasions – once in April and again in August.
Anyone in the area around Capplegill is asked to contact police using the 101 number if they have seen or heard anything which might help police clarify the situation regarding the sheep.