Ram torched to death in sick arson attack near Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:39 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:41 12 August 2013

A ram (not involved in the attack)

A ram (not involved in the attack)

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A TWISTED arsonist who burned a ram to death is being hunted by specialist police officers.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) has appealed for witnesses and information after the horrific attack near Welwyn Garden City.

Sometime between 6.30pm on August 5 and 11am the following day, the arsonist approached a gate securing a field near Tewin Water.

Police said once in the field, the cruel thug is believed to have set the ram alight “by an unidentified means” before fleeing the field “in unknown direction”.

The petrified animal died of its injuries.

Investigating officer, Pc Simon Tibbett, said: “This appears to be a cruel and shocking incident which led to the death of an animal.

“Thankfully this is an isolated incident and I would like to reassure the public that it is being thoroughly investigated.

“I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time the incident or who knows anything else about it to please get in touch as soon as possible.”

“Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference A6/13/335. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The ROST team are police officers specialised in rural, wildlife, environmental, heritage crime and equine and traveller liaison issues.

They investigate crimes such as badger baiting, hare coursing, nighthawking and the theft of metal from historical buildings.


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