POLICE are looking for the owners of four stolen sheep after two men were arrested near Bridgnorth.

The men were arrested at around 1.30am on Tuesday, January 5 in relation to the livestock thefts after a vehicle failed to stop for officers on the A454, just outside the town.

Following a police chase, the car was stopped and police found four sheep in the vehicle, which are believed to have been stolen from a local farm.

The two men, aged 28 and 23, both from Wolverhampton, were taken into custody and police are now appealing to find the animals' owners.

Inspector Nikki Roberts said: “I am really pleased we managed to rescue the sheep and now we just need to reunite them with their proper owners.

"I ask all nearby farmers to check their livestock to ensure none are missing and if they are contact us. Hopefully we can get the sheep home soon.

“Fortunately sheep stealing is quite rare in the area unlike other parts of the country and we believe this is an isolated case, however we take all rural crime extremely seriously and understand the impact the theft of livestock can have on farmers and their livelihoods.”

Anyone with information on missing livestock is urged to call 101, quoting reference 21i of January 5.