POLICE are cracking down on reports of people chasing livestock, warning that such behaviour can cause sheep and their lambs to be injured, or even killed.

Officers say they have recently received ‘a number of reports’ of young people chasing livestock in fields near Cholderton.

Now, they are calling on parents and carers for help in cracking down on such incidents.

A post on the Amesbury Police Facebook page read: “This is unacceptable behaviour, therefore we are calling on all parents and carers to make their children aware of the emotional and financial implications this can have.

- The stress can cause sheep to die and pregnant ewes to miscarry their lambs

- Sheep fleeing are often seriously injured or killed by their panicked attempts to escape. This can also cause damage to fences and field boundaries in the process

- It can be traumatic for farmers who have to deal with the aftermath of an incident, not to mention the financial impact it has.

“If you have any information in relation to anyone chasing livestock, please report it to us via 101.”