BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Police launch investigation in Sussex sheep worrying horror

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An online appeal to find the owner of a dog who scared a lamb which then plunged to its death over cliffs has gone viral.

Sussex Police has also said its officers will investigate to see what dog worrying offences may have been committed under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953.

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It is not yet known exactly where the lambs had come from but they are likely to belong to one of the downland farms.

There are several in the area including Black Robin Farm, Cornish Farm, Bullockdown Farm and the Sussex Sheep Centre at East Dean.

Two lambs were chased by the dog at the clifftop at the Seven Sisters Country Park on Saturday afternoon.

One was so terrified it fell to its death in to the sea.

Walkers saw the drama and took photographs of the dog, which was not on a lead chasing the two lambs.

Zoe Stanisstreet was there and said, “This dog chased two lambs resulting in one being forced off the cliff.

“Not only is this a huge loss but both these lambs would have experienced a great deal of stress and panic. Many tourists were present during this horrific ordeal. “Sheep worrying is a growing problem for farmers not only in the south east but across the country and is a criminal offence.”

People have been appealing online for the woman who was with the dog to contact police.

To read more on the earlier story click {http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/breaking-news-dog-scares-lambs-over-sussex-clifftop-1-6810020\here}

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