Page last updated at 16:56 GMT, Thursday, 17 July 2008 17:56 UK

Man held over bestiality claims

Metropolitan Police sign
Bestiality carries a sentence of up to two years imprisonment

A man has been arrested in south-east London after allegedly having sex with sheep at a farm.

The 27-year-old was arrested during a raid on Thursday morning at his home in Dulwich, south-east London, on suspicion of bestiality.

It follows several complaints about a man molesting sheep in Botany Bay Lane, Chislehurst, in May and June.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man was also held on suspicion of drugs possession with intent to supply.

Witnesses reported a man sexually assaulting sheep before running off, often leaving clothing at the scene.

It is understood the man was traced after forensic scientists identified DNA recovered from a pair of jogging bottoms found at the scene.

Two sheep were found dead in the field during the period of the attacks but it is not known if their deaths were linked.

Police are also investigating reports that the suspect took photographs of the animals before the attacks.

The crime of bestiality carries a maximum prison sentence of two years.

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