Thieves grab oven-ready turkeys

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Burglars made off with an unusual but seasonal haul when they stole turkeys from a farm.

Thieves took eight oven-ready birds, worth around £800, from a large chiller at a farm in Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire.

West Mercia Police said the incident happened at the rural property, which lies off the A417 between Leominster and Newtown crossroads, between midnight on Saturday and 6am yesterday.

It is believed the thieves got into the chiller, which is housed in one of the barns, by entering through a gate at the rear of the yard, before making good their escape with the large turkeys.

A police spokesman said: "The eight turkeys that have been stolen were each packed in their own individual box ready for cooking at Christmas.

"The turkeys were all 'Kelly Bronze' birds and each box was labelled with this name.

"Six of the turkeys weighed 8kg and the other two weighed 9kg. The total value of the stolen turkeys is thought to be as much as £800.

"Officers investigating this theft are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in the Ocle Pychard area over the weekend, or anyone who's offered the opportunity to buy any turkeys similar to the ones stolen from this farm.

"Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact police in Hereford quoting incident number 176S 221213.

"Alternatively, if you'd rather leave information without identifying yourself you can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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