Sheep mown down near burglary target

Several sheep died after they were intentionally mown down by a vehicle on a property near Clinton, police say as they appeal for information about recent burglaries.

Four sheep were killed in the incident late last month, one of several involving damage and burglaries in rural South Otago in recent weeks.

Two more incidents occurred on Saturday night, prompting police yesterday to seek assistance from the public in identifying the offenders.

It was too early to say if the incidents were connected, and inquiries were ongoing, a police spokesman told the ODT.

A statement released by police yesterday said the sheep were killed at a farm in Beacon Hill Rd at Wairuna, near Clinton, on May 19 when a vehicle was driven at them deliberately in a paddock.

The same property was entered on May 25, and 10 baleage bales were damaged with a tool, causing them to spoil.

Police said two more farms were targeted in the area on Saturday night, and fences and gates were damaged for entry to be gained.

In Whiteside Rd, several bales were damaged at a farm, while electric fence reels were stolen from a paddock on the Waipahi Highway (State Highway1).

It was not known what time the incidents took place, as the damage was discovered the following day.

Police wanted to hear from anyone with information about any of the incidents, the statement said.

This included sightings of suspicious vehicles or people.

• Police: 105, online at, file number 240519/7760.