Mum's shock as she wakes up to find a sheep in her front garden

A woman from Sunderland was surprised to find a lamb wandering around her garden as she went to collect milk from her doorstep before police arrived and took the sheep away in a police van.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 12:40 pm
Amy Scollen was shocked to see a lamb in her garden in Ryhope
Amy Scollen was shocked to see a lamb in her garden in Ryhope

Police were called to Forbes Terrace, Ryhope this morning, Thursday, May 13 after receiving reports of a lamb wandering around a garden.

Amy Scollen’s neighbour called officers after hearing strange sheep noises around 5am before new mum Amy opened her front door to collect milk from her doorstep and was faced with a lamb in her garden.

Police arrived at the scene and placed the sheep in the back of a police van before dropping it off at a nearby farm.

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The lamb was found in Ryhope this morning before police took it to a nearby farm.

Amy, 28 said: “I don’t know how it got in my garden and I could hear it but couldn’t see it until I opened the door to grab the milk and it was staring me in the face – It’s been a very weird morning.”

Gaynor Truby received a call from her daughter Amy before the lamb was ‘taken in for questioning’ by police.

She said: “Amy rang to say she’d found a lamb in her garden, we were laughing and couldn’t believe it so I went down the road to help.

"She said she had heard baa’ noises in the night and her husband told her to stop being daft – I’m glad the lamb is safe now!”

Police placed the lamb in the back of a police van before taking it to a secure field.

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The lamb was trying to get out of the garden when police arrived.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “It’s been an unbaa-lievable morning for some of our officers who were called to the Forbes Terrace area of Sunderland after a neighbour had found a lamb in a garden.

“The lamb appeared distressed and was head-butting the fence, trying to get out of the garden.

“Our officers attended and were able to catch the lamb as it bounded across the front lawn – and it even got a ride in our police van as we dropped it off at a nearby farm.

“After a traumatic morning, it has now been left to graze in the safety of a secure field."

Officers are asking anyone with information about how the lamb came to be in the garden, or who believes it belongs to them to get in touch quoting log 137 130521.

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