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Dead sheep found in 'occult star'
Dead sheep on Dartmoor
The sheep were arranged into a seven-pointed shape
Police in Devon are investigating after seven sheep were found dead arranged in an unusual pattern on Dartmoor.

The sheep were found on Sampford Spiney on Dartmoor with their necks broken and their bodies in a pattern sometimes associated with the occult.

The pattern was similar to the shape of a star, or heptagram, a mystical symbol commonly used in occult ceremonies.

Chris Cole, a farmer who owned some of the sheep, said he first thought they were killed by a lightning strike.

Mr Cole, one of three farmer who owned the animals, said he thought it was lightning because "that's what happens when you find groups of animals dead like that".

He said when he realised the animals were left in the seven-pointed shape: "It's scared some people and worried them, me included, being this close to home.

"I don't really know what's happened. It's more what we are imagining happened here now."

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