A DOG and its owner is being hunted by police after attacks on three flocks of sheep.

Police are investigating suspected attacks in the High Hurstwood area, near Uckfield, and are appealing for help in tracing the dog responsible.

The attacks have all occurred in the past fortnight. A sheep grazing near Burnt Oak Road was badly mauled and had to be humanely destroyed in the latest incident.

Other local farmers have reported injuries to livestock also thought to be consistent with dog bites.

The dog suspected of carrying out the attacks has been described as a large, tan-coloured animal. When last seen it was wearing a dog coat.

Anyone able to identify the dog in the High Hurstwood incidents or witnessing similar incidents is asked to contact Sussex Police using the eform sussex.police.uk/appealresponse or call 101 quoting serial 779 of December 20.