Police were left open mouthed when they stopped a car for running a red light – only to find a sheep crammed in the boot.
The large ewe was found standing in the back of a Peugeot on Loughborough high street on Friday shortly before 9pm after Leicestershire Police pulled the driver over.
Officers are investigating how the driver and passenger acquired the animal but they claimed the sheep was bought legitimately.
The vehicle was seized after officers discovered it was not insured and failed to have an up-to-date MOT.
Police are appealing to the public for information on the ewe, who was taken into safety and is said to be in good health.
Sharing pictures of the unusual discovery on Facebook, Leicestershire and Rutland Crimes wrote: ‘The driver and passenger will be spoken to in the near future in a police interview.
‘Enquiries are ongoing to locate the owner to identify where it’s come from, despite an account from those involved claiming it was legitimately purchased.
‘Until such time as an owner is identified – we cannot ‘charge’ the suspects with an offence – despite a lot of comments suggesting that we do so. We know this is an emotive subject and it’s one that we will be properly addressed as the investigation unfolds.
‘We will be speaking to DEFRA next week using the ear tag numbers.
‘If you think she belongs to you – please get in touch quoting incident 629 of today. You’ll need to prove ownership with relevant numbers.’
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