2008-07-18 Un homme arrêté pour avoir attaqué sexuellement des moutons (EN)
Man arrested over sheep sex attacks
Published: 9:29AM BST 18 Jul 2008
A man has been arrested by police investigating a series of violent sex attacks on sheep.
The 27-year-old man was questioned over a series of attacks on sheep at a farm in Chislehurst, Bromley.
Officers arrested the man during a dawn raid at his home in Dulwich, south east London.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.
The move follows several complaints made to police about a man molesting sheep on grassland off Botany Bay Lane, Chislehurst, in May and June.
Witnesses reported a man sexually assaulting sheep before running off, often leaving clothing at the scene.
Two joggers became suspicious when the man was spotted pulling up his trousers as he stood near a sheep that was lying on the ground.
A young stable girl who came face to face with the man during a similar incident also contacted detectives.
It is understood that the man was traced after forensic scientists identified DNA recovered from a pair of jogging bottoms found at the scene.
Two sheep were found dead in the field during the period of the attacks but it is not known if their deaths were linked.
Police are also investigating reports that the suspect took photographs of the animals before the attacks.
Penetration of or by an animal is illegal and carries a sentence of up to two years imprisonment.
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