Iconic Uralla station loses sheep to rustlers

Detectives from the rural crime unit say hundreds of sheep have been stolen in a number of raids over the past year on the iconic and historic Gostwyck Station at Uralla.

Rural Crime Investigator Jim Miller yesterday said they were seeking information about a number of thefts of several hundred head of sheep from the station and believed those raids went back to September last year.

The sheep are superfine merino wethers and mixed six merino weaners.

Detective Miller said the sheep all had coloured ear tags and the most recent mob stolen from the station property had green tags. The sheep were all last shorn in August.

Detective Miller said the sheep tags were distinctive by their half-moon marking on the tags.

The stock theft is the latest in a spate of sheep thefts across the tablelands this year.

 In October Senior Constable Gavin Berry from the unit reported that 47 merinos had been stolen from Wollomombi and earlier in August they reported that some 250 merinos had gone missing in four months across the New England area.

They included the theft of 150 in-lamb merinos from a Guyra property sometime between June and August and not long after another 50 merinos from Glen Innes.

They’d also dealt with at least three raids and the theft of cattle breeds from Guyra, Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

Investigators have asked anyone with information about the thefts to contact the New England Rural Crime Unit on 02 67220530.

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