Ewe and goat thought to be stolen from Brentwood animal sanctuary

15:54 15 August 2014

Pamela the ewe. Picture: Jess Roche

Pamela the ewe. Picture: Jess Roche


Rising rural crime figures have seen a sheep and goat stolen from an animal sanctuary, it is claimed.

Hazel the goat. Picture: Jess RocheHazel the goat. Picture: Jess Roche

The Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, in Brentwood, are calling on people with information to come forward after Pamela, a Wiltshire horn ewe, and Hazel the goat went missing from their secured enclosure.

Pamela was last seen on Saturday at 8pm and was found to be missing at 8am on Sunday – three weeks after Hazel went missing.

The rural crime figures, which include animal theft, from insurer NFU Mutual, ranked Essex as the third most affected place in the UK, with crimes in 2013 estimated to have a value of £2.1million.

Hopefield office supervisor Jess Roche, 22, of Chelmsford, said: “The animals can’t get out of the enclosure by themselves so they have definitely been stolen.”

“To be honest, we have no idea why anyone would do this – it seems something quite odd to want to steal.”

The animal sanctuary, which takes care of abandoned and abused animals, believes thieves may have accessed the enclosure from the adjacent A12, where its CCTV cannot reach.

Miss Roche added: “The animals that come here come here for life and the fact that someone stole them – animals which are basically our pets – is devastating.

“It may seem silly to some, that it’s a sheep or a goat, but they’re our pets, they have their own personalities.”

The animal sanctuary, which is supported by pop star Leona Lewis, has promised to step up security with more CCTV cameras due to be installed.

Essex Police said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing animals to come forward.”

Call Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read more:

Brentwood Animal Sanctuary’s Open Days

Leona Lewis adds support to Brentwood animal sanctuary appeal

Pixie Lott, Leona Lewis and friends visit Brentwood animal sanctuary fundraiser


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Romford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Romford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Romford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Romford News Stories

Maria Rackley, who is organising a shoebox appeal to help disadvantaged children get Christmas presents.

Help make a child’s Christmas in the build up to the festive period by simply donating a shoebox.

Planned roadworks will begin on Monday October 31.

A series of roadworks have been scheduled on the M25, A406 and M11.

Spurs shirts and other memorabilia line the walls of the games room

An avid football fan who created a shrine to his beloved Tottenham Hotspurs is hoping to win a games room of the year competition.

Queen's Hospital's A&E department

Calls are growing for a ground-breaking emergency care trial which drastically cut A&E waiting times to be rolled out across the capital.

Romford Town centre gv's. Romford market

Market traders who have been in Romford for decades will be encouraged to give up their “prime spots” to make way for new stallholders.

Time FM Steve Allen.

Listen to our weekly paper review podcast on Time 107.5FM with Steve Allen.

Erin Macbeth, 12 and Freya Macbeth, seven, with their halloween masks at the Halloween family fun day at Havering Museum.

Little monsters got into the spirit of Halloween with a family fun day yesterday.

Fern Gibson, three, with her bandaged duck in a box on her way to the woods at the children's rescuing wildlife workshop at Hornchurch Country Park.

Dozens of children treated wildlife animals in need of help.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now