The warning follows the illegal slaughter and theft of six sheep

Bedford Borough CouncilThe Environmental Health Team reminds businesses and residents to stay alert and only buy food from legitimate suppliers. This is the result of the illegal slaughter and theft of six sheep from a farm in Milton Ernest.

The animals were not slaughtered in suitable premises or with the proper controls to ensure the safety of the meat. The animals have also undergone treatments which may result in contamination of the meat.

It is believed that the incident took place on Sunday, November 24, between 1:00 pm and 8:00 am the following day.

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Owner of the Regulatory Services portfolio in the Council, said:

"Have you been offered cheap meat?

"Remember, if a business seems too good to be true, it's likely. This meat is not suitable for human consumption, and we remind businesses to use only legitimate suppliers and warn local residents against door-to-door traders. You can report any incident to the Council's Trading Standards Team at 01234 718099. "

A / Sergeant Stu Grant of the Bedfordshire Police's Operation Sentinel Rural Crime Team, which was committed to combating land crime, said:

"This type of crime has a significant impact on the victim, but it can also affect the entire community.

"We will not tolerate such criminal behavior and are determined to eradicate those responsible.

"If anyone has information to help us with our investigation, please contact us."

Anyone with any information is requested to contact the police at 101 or via the online registration office on the Bedfordshire Police websitequoting reference number 40/68123/19.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.