Coldwaltham resident Sue Dudman woke up this morning to find the most ‘bizarre’ sight – a small flock of sheep grazing on her front lawn.
At 9am this morning (Wednesday, August 26) Mrs Dudman had the unusual task of rounding up nine sheep with her fellow neighbours on a communal area of grass in the cul-de-sac where they live, off Silver Dale.
“I had a message from my neighbour telling me to look outside and asked me how to round up sheep,” said Mrs Dudman. “I opened the curtains and there were nine sheep out there grazing. We were shocked! It’s such a bizarre thing.”
Mrs Dudman’s son Finn accompanied their neighbour Marshall Stevens to usher the sheep onto a communal ground near their homes and used rope to pen them in.
The group of neighbours called all the farms within close proximity to Silver Dale, but those contacted were not missing any sheep.
However, a man from Waltham Farm offered to take the sheep in the mean time and picked them up.
“The sheep were not secure here, no one wanted to leave them alone,” said Mrs Dudman.
After hearing a news report this morning about an increase of sheep rustling in the UK – where sheep are stolen and, at times, dumped in random locations – Mrs Dudman called the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 to speak about her strange discovery.
She said: “This has actually happened to us years before. We’ve had sheep and horses turn up here, but we weren’t expecting nine of them.”
This afternoon Mrs Dudman said she received a call from Sussex Police who confirmed that the sheep had escaped from a farm in Hardham.
“They must have walked over a mile and passed several fields to get here.
“I’m glad they’ve been found.”
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