Police are looking for a man following theft of chickens

Dorset Police officers are investigating the theft of chickens in Poyntington, a small rural village near Sherborne.

It is believed that the poultry theft occurred at around 6:45pm on 8th April 2020. However, since this time, officers investigating the theft have been provided with images captured on a wildlife camera from the area.

Although chickens are often considered as food by many, others may treat them as pets and keep them for up to a decade. Considering the relatively low cost of most breeds of chicken which are kept for eggs or slaughter, local residents have made comments of disgust towards this person’s actions in their quiet village.

Dorset Police would like to speak to the young man in the photos. It’s believed that he may have left in a black Kia Sportage in the direction of Oborne.

“We are continuing to investigate this theft and I am now in position to release images of a man we would like to speak to and one of the images also shows the vehicle seen at the scene.

“I would urge anyone with information as to his identity to please contact us.”

PC Pete Moore

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200053558. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call freephone 0800 555 111.

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