15 sheep rescued after becoming trapped in snowdrifts near Leek
ANIMAL RESCUE: Fifteen sheep were rescued by firefighters after they became trapped in a snowdrift.
The fire service was called to farmland in Bradnop, near Leek, at around 6pm yesterday, after police spotted the animals buried behind a wall.
However, four sheep died in the snow.
It is believed the animals were sheltering behind the wall in Douse Lane as the weather worsened.
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There are several farmers who own sheep in the area, but the authorities were last night still trying to find out who owned the animals.
They were rescued using heavy lifting equipment, before being checked over by a vet.
Incident commander Brian Griffiths, of Leek fire station, said: "It took 12 firefighters and a lot of manual labour. But we are pleased the sheep are getting the care they need."
Picture: Alex Severn