Police have launched an appeal following reports of sheep and lamb thefts from farms across the Bromsgrove district. 

West Mercia Police said residents should remain vigilant and take precautions to protect livestock. 

Last month, officers also received reports of sheep being killed in Shropshire but the incidents are not believed to be linked at this time.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said: "We have become aware recently of sheep and lambs being stolen from farm areas across the Bromsgrove district. 

"During March, Shropshire also had incidents of sheep being killed. At this time we don't think these are linked but please be aware and take any necessary precautions to protect your livestock.

"Please can we ask you to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour around farms to us. Should anyone have any information on the recent thefts please make contact."