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Farm ban for sheep sex arrest man

A man arrested for allegedly having sex with sheep has been banned from visiting farmland.

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

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

He was bailed on the condition that he does not enter farmyards within the Metropolitan Police area.

The arrest was made when witnesses reported a man sexually assaulting sheep before running off, often leaving clothing at the scene.

DNA tests

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.

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

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

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