POLICE have confirmed that they received a report of sheep "trespassing" on a Herefordshire field.

Police said they received a call from a member of the public on March 5, who said that sheep were "trespassing" on their field. It was not specified how the sheep got onto the field, and whether they were put there or had strayed.

A spokesperson for the police said that the caller, who reported the incident in Bromyard, was referred to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 


Usually trespassing is not a criminal offence, and is instead a civil matter. This means that in most cases, it is not a police matter.

Government guidance says that landowners who find straying livestock on their land should first try to contact the owner of the livestock if this is possible and they know who owns the animals.

Defra is responsible for improving and protecting the environment in England. This includes concerns to do with animals, livestock and farming.