Imagine you are a copper nicking sheep thieves but chummy denies he is guilty. Earmarks look as if they might have been tampered with, but is that a sure thing? After all your only witnesses are pregnant fluffy bundles of fun that taste great with mint sauce. What are you going to do?

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For Dyfed-Powys Police it was a case of playing it softly-softly to catch their monkey, eh, sheepy. Once the sheep had lambed they swept in with the Animal Plant health Agency to carry out a series of blood tests which could be compared with rams at the real owner’s farm.

This paternity test proved the sheep had been taken from a farm in Derwydd near Llandybie in Wales. Looks like it is time to change that plea.