A flock of sheep stolen from a west Dorset farm last Thursday has been found safe and well.

A total of 28 ewes were taken from a field near Powerstock.

Following the thefts, police issued the below advice to farmers and smallholders:

• Keep the gates to your livestock locked and make sure that the hinges are capped to prevent the gate being lifted off its hinges

• Block up unused gateways with tree trunks and old machinery

• Consider fitting wildlife or trial cameras to fields where livestock are present to detect vehicle or person movement

• Fit gate alarms

• Consider fitting early warning intervention alarms that will link to your phone

• Consider using livestock tracing systems

If you would like more information on measures available to protect your livestock, or a crime prevention visit to your farm or smallholding, please contact the Rural Crime Team via email ruralcrimeteam@dorset.pnn.police.uk