A BOBBY on the bleat proved himself an Easter cracker after stopping two suspects carrying a stolen lamb.
Pc Graeme Simpson was on his way to work in Sunderland when he noticed two men acting suspiciously as they walked down Durham Road, carrying what appeared to be a parcel.
Fearing they were up to no good, Pc Simpson called for back-up and when officers arrived on the scene, the men dropped the package – and out popped a three-day-old lamb.
Investigations revealed it had been taken from a Penshaw field belonging to Wearside farmer Jimmy Richardson.
Now Lucky the lamb, who is being hand-reared, has been safely delivered back home to her mum, while two men have been arrested on suspicion of taking her. Farmer Jimmy said: “It’s fantastic to have her back.
“We can’t thank the police enough for what they did.”
Lucky disappeared from fields next to Herrington Country Park shortly after she was born. Her distressed mum was left pacing the pen, pining for her little one.
Jimmy, who has been farming on Wearside for more than 25 years, said: “One of our volunteers, Christine Dover, had been helping hand-rear her since she was born.
“When we discovered she was missing, we searched the fields but couldn’t find her and were starting to get worried.
“Then, out of the blue, a police car pulled up and an officer asked us if one of our lambs was missing.
“We couldn’t believe it when they told us she’d been discovered a few miles away on Durham Road.”
Lucky, a rare zwartble breed, is now back home and enjoying regular meals with a little help from Christine’s granddaughter, 10-year-old Hannah Lakey.
Dave Pickett, Sunderland West Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “The lamb is currently being bottle-fed special milk and probably wouldn’t have survived the night had it not been found and taken home.”
l Two men, aged 26 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further inquiries.