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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 December, 2004, 17:27 GMT
Sheep cleared of cemetery crime
Colin has now been cleared of the offence
A pet sheep which was blamed for eating flowers on graves at a cemetery has been cleared of the crime.

Officials received complaints about graves being desecrated at the Horns Road cemetery in Stroud.

After investigations, Colin, a Cotswold and Jacob Cross, was blamed and owner Treena Deburiatte was warned by the town council to keep him under control.

But Colin has now has been exonerated after two wild deer were spotted eating the flowers.

Stroud Town Council decided Ms Deburiatte was acting in an anti-social way by letting her pet devour the flowers.

'Easy pickings'

Colin Peake, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Stroud, warned Ms Deburiatte in November that the animal was banned from the cemetery and must also be kept on a lead.

He reminded her the sheep was only licensed to live in her back garden and threatened to inform Trading Standards staff and officials at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

After the 32-year-old protested the sheep's innocence observations were mounted on the graveyard.

It was not until two deer were spotted in the cemetery eating roses last week that Colin was finally cleared.

Mr Peake said: "I feel proud to be able to exonerate Colin from these crimes.

"It appears that the wild deer had wandered off from their usual habitat to find some easy pickings."

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