A SIXTY-year-old farmer is mounting a night watch on his sheep in a bid to stop repeated attacks by dogs which have led to the deaths of 32 animals.

Paul Fernihough is offering a £500 reward for information leading to a conviction following the deaths of 19 ewes, 12 lambs and a ram on land he rents near Middleton-on-the-Hill.

"My flock is being targeted and I have no idea why," said Mr Fernihough, of Boraston, near Tenbury Wells.

He said he believed people, accompanied by dogs, were visiting the 50-acre site to "run down" sheep to a state of exhaustion.

The ram that died belonged to a neighbour and appeared to have been let into the field before being chased and hit over the head with a heavy object.

Anyone with information can call DS Geoff Gough on 08457 444888.