Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Trending News

Family of four pot-bellied PIGS are on the run from police after vandalising a churchyard 

Four pigs managed to evade two police community support officers who were sent to apprehend them for digging up the grass around the headstones, leaving the grounds of a village church looking like a plowed field.  They are now on the loose and causing chaos around Thrybergh, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

A family of pot-bellied pigs on the run flee police after vandalizing a cemetery.

The four pigs managed to evade two police community support officers who were sent to apprehend them for digging up the grass around the headstones, leaving the grounds of a village church looking like a plowed field.

The pigs, believed to have escaped from a nearby smallholding, are now on the loose and causing chaos around Thrybergh, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

People who deal with the graves of loved ones have reported that one of the two adult pigs is aggressive when approached and could give a bad bite.

Four pigs managed to evade two police community support officers who were sent to apprehend them for digging up the grass around the headstones, leaving the grounds of a village church looking like a plowed field.  They are now on the loose and causing chaos around Thrybergh, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Four pigs managed to evade two police community support officers who were sent to apprehend them for digging up the grass around the headstones, leaving the grounds of a village church looking like a plowed field. They are now on the loose and causing chaos around Thrybergh, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Stuart Cheetham (pictured), 72, visited the grave of his wife Pamela in the graveyard of St Gerard's Church in Thrybergh, where fencing has been erected around the graves to prevent the pigs from causing further havoc in the cemetery.  He stated:

Stuart Cheetham (pictured), 72, visited the grave of his wife Pamela in the graveyard of St Gerard’s Church in Thrybergh, where fencing has been erected around the graves to prevent the pigs from causing further havoc in the cemetery. He said: ‘For weeks they dug up the ground in the cemetery and caused a real mess’

The animals also tried to burrow under the fence at St Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, scaring children and raising fears for the safety of pupils.

Father Desmond Sexton, of St Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh, said: ‘It’s awful, just awful and it’s been going on for two weeks.

Related:  How plunging pound will hit YOUR holiday (but be great for Americans)

“People are really worried and upset. One or two people visiting graves have even been frightened by it.

“People might think it’s funny, but it’s not and the pigs are causing more and more damage.”

Father Desmond said he felt ‘very sorry’ for visitors to the cemetery and had been in contact with police and council animal welfare inspectors.

Fences have been erected around the graves to prevent pigs from digging up more ground and causing more chaos.

Stuart Cheetham, 72, a retired builder, met the Thrybergh Four while visiting the grave of his late wife, Pamela.

He said: “For weeks they dug up the ground in the cemetery and caused a real mess.

Father Desmond Sexton, of St Gerard's Church, Thrybergh, said: 'It's awful, just awful and it's been going on for two weeks.  People are really worried and upset.  One or two people visiting graves have even been frightened by them'

Father Desmond Sexton, of St Gerard’s Church, Thrybergh, said: ‘It’s awful, just awful and it’s been going on for two weeks. People are really worried and upset. One or two people visiting graves have even been frightened by them’

“But more recently they have left their trotters all over the graves and the sow is quite aggressive.

“She is clearly pregnant and if anyone comes near the piglets she rushes over to make sure no one gets too close.

“She is quite large in size and I am worried that someone will get hurt, especially a child. The children are playing in the parking lot near the church and it would be awful to see a child injured.

Related:  Men who focus on enjoying themselves in the bedroom boast higher sperm count

“They normally come out from wherever they go at night at dinner time and have caused a lot of trouble.

“Everyone is fed up and we just want something done.”

Charlotte Galloway, 27, from Thrybergh, said: ‘Pigs have escaped from one particular field for about two years and nothing is ever done.

“These four have been out for weeks and we just want the owner to take responsibility before they cause more damage or someone gets hurt.”

A man visiting his wife’s grave said the animals had also dug up a field near the church and school.

A man visiting his wife's grave said the animals had also dug up a field near the church and school.  He said he was concerned about the proximity of the pigs to the graves and was forced to chase them away.

A man visiting his wife’s grave said the animals had also dug up a field near the church and school. He said he was concerned about the proximity of the pigs to the graves and was forced to chase them away.

Rotherham Councilor Michael Bennett-Sylvester, who represents the village, said:

Rotherham councilor Michael Bennett-Sylvester, who represents the village, said: ‘The police are doing their best but it’s a difficult situation’

The caller told BBC Radio Sheffield he was concerned about the proximity of the pigs to the graves and was forced to chase them away.

The man said, “They come in and take over the whole cemetery looking for dandelion roots. I just ran towards them and they screamed and then they left.

“No one wants to take responsibility and the sow is pregnant and about to have piglets.”

Bernadette Baxter, principal of St Gerard’s Primary School, said the school was “increasingly concerned” about the pig problem and pupils were “feeling very worried”.

Related:  Inside 'care suite' at Scottish women's jail where transgender prisoners are kept

Rotherham councilor Michael Bennett-Sylvester, who represents the village, said: ‘The police were called because they are the only authority we could call on to be responsible for the matter.

“Two PCSOs came out to try to hold the pigs back, but they got away from them. The police are doing their best but it’s a difficult situation.

“They have caused extensive damage to the cemetery and there are genuine concerns about the potentially aggressive nature of the adult pigs.

“Unfortunately, no one takes responsibility for this. They escaped somewhere and someone in the area knows exactly where they came from but no one wants to claim them.

“So at the moment, as far as we know, they’re still wandering around somewhere.”

A baited pig trap was dug in hopes of catching the fleeing pig family.

They are believed to have hid in the woods on the outskirts of the village overnight before emerging in search of food during the day.

A 25m ditch was dug – it is unclear whether by the local authority or a member of the public – at the edge of the wood.

On the other side of the ditch, carrots and cabbages were left in the hope that the pigs would rush towards them and get stuck in the ditch.

A local said: “Everything is worth trying at this point.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Business

Small businesses struggling to pay tax bills report long waits to clear tax and customs before self-assessment deadline By Sarah Bridge, Financial Mail on...

Business

Most household appliances – from washing machines to boilers – are now sold with an “eco” mode designed to be greener and more efficient...

Business

RUTH SUNDERLAND tells investors the truth: Trying to cash in on services for vulnerable people looks like a recipe for disaster Investors have invested...

Entertainment

Maria Thattil has dated girlfriend Jorgee Rae, after going public with their romance over the weekend. The former Miss Universe Australia and TikTok star,...