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Heathfield man wakes to find 28 sheep in his garden

The Argus: Heathfield man wakes to find 28 sheep in his garden Heathfield man wakes to find 28 sheep in his garden

A man was left rubbing his eyes in disbelief after opening his front door to find 28 sheep staring at him.

Mark Nichols got the fright of his life at 3am today (January 25) when he went to investigate a noise coming from his garden.

Still half asleep, he poked his head out the door to discover the flock eating his plants.

The man, of New Pond Hill, Cross in Hand, near Heathfield, contacted the police but the farmer is yet to be found.

In an attempt to solve the mystery himself, he took to Twitter.

In one post, he said: “That’s my sleep gone. Dog barking wildly. Police at my door, 28 sheep in my front garden!”

Later he added “Get the flock out of here.”

This afternoon he posted: “Some of these sheep look pretty big. Concerned they are gonna lamb soon. Think I better buy some long gloves on the way home #sheepgate.”

The police issued an appeal this afternoon in an attempt to find the farmer.

A spokesman said: "We have so far been unable to find the owner of the sheep and we would ask that anyone who has lost some sheep gets in contact with us.

"We are very grateful to the resident who has kept the sheep safe while enquiries are carried out and would like to thank him for his patience."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 192 of 25/1.

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6:58pm Fri 25 Jan 13

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

I thought it read 'he awoke half asleep to discover the flock eating his pants'
I thought it read 'he awoke half asleep to discover the flock eating his pants' ShorehamBeachcomber
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7:00pm Fri 25 Jan 13

george smith says...

Lets hope he doesn't have to pay for them, as Brighton residents do for them being in our parks.
Lets hope he doesn't have to pay for them, as Brighton residents do for them being in our parks. george smith
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7:40pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Ouseler says...

So when he fell asleep counting sheep jumping over his gate................
..........


They really were..


Good job he wasn't counting Elephants...
So when he fell asleep counting sheep jumping over his gate................ .......... They really were.. Good job he wasn't counting Elephants... Ouseler
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8:11pm Fri 25 Jan 13

nosolution says...

....and then the farmer showed up looking sheepish...
....and then the farmer showed up looking sheepish... nosolution
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8:40pm Fri 25 Jan 13

PorkBoat says...

Bet he thought all his Christmases and birthdays had come at once...
Bet he thought all his Christmases and birthdays had come at once... PorkBoat
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10:10pm Fri 25 Jan 13

Grumpy0ldman says...

I thought he would have fallen asleep again counting them lol
I thought he would have fallen asleep again counting them lol Grumpy0ldman
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9:57am Sat 26 Jan 13

plantwoman says...

I'm not certain how correct this article is. The female occupant of the house was on the TV and said the police asked if they could put the sheep in the garden because it has a decent gate - so not the surprise that is hinted at in the article.
I'm not certain how correct this article is. The female occupant of the house was on the TV and said the police asked if they could put the sheep in the garden because it has a decent gate - so not the surprise that is hinted at in the article. plantwoman
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