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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 16:35 GMT 17:35 UK
Theft of 200 piglets sparks plea
Piglets at Motty Mead Farm in Oxfordshire
Pig farm owner James Castle is appealing for the public's help
A pig farmer has made a public appeal to help catch the thieves who have stolen more than 200 piglets over the last five months.

James Castle, owner of Motty Mead Farm between Thame and Long Crendon in Oxfordshire, said up to 20 piglets a week were being stolen from his farm.

Mr Castle added that the thefts had so far cost him 5,000.

Thames Valley Police, who has launched an inquiry, believe the perpetrators are using sacks to steal the animals.

Mr Castle said: "We have renewed the locks on the gates and renewed some of the barriers to enter it but it seems in the last few weeks they [the thieves] have surmounted the problem.

"We are losing 10% of our output at the present - it is very expensive indeed."


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