Farmer appeals for help after 100 piglets stolen from his Cavenham farm

Ben Spurgeon, who has had over 100 piglets stolen from his farm in Cavenham
Ben Spurgeon, who has had over 100 piglets stolen from his farm in Cavenham
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Police are appealing for information after more than 100 piglets were stolen from a farm near Mildenhall last Wednesday.

It is believed 102 piglets were stolen from the Cavenham farm some time after the farm’s lorry drivers left off at 2.30pm.

Farmer Ben Spurgeon said the piglets had been moved to a holding barn and were waiting to be transported to another farm. He said he and other staff on the farm were not initially aware of the robbery.

“We thought we were short some piglets on the lorry when it left,” he said.

“We estmimated we’d lost between 100 and 125 piglets.

“Our lorry drivers finished about half past two. The thieves must have watched us leave.”

Suspicions were aroused when neighbours reported seeing two trailers driving down towards the farm.

Two witnesses in The Street, Cavenham, on Wednesday afternoon reported hearing the noise of squealing piglets from the farm.

They saw two men taking piglets from a pen and putting them into a green trailer being pulled by a 4x4 vehicle.

Mr Spurgeon said two young girls alerted him to the piglets’ disappearance.

“Two girls saw the trailer. The thieves let one of the piglets go and the girls found it and brought it back to me.”

Mr Spurgeon said the piglets were part of a consignment of around 1,600 which was being transported.

Anyone who has any information or saw any suspicious activity in the area should contact Pc Ryan Waters at Bury St Edmunds Police on 101 quoting the reference MH/14/1399 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.