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Firefighters save sheep from flood

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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FIREFIGHTERS took to boats to rescue a herd of sheep trapped in deep flood water off the A51 in Rugeley.

Fire crews were called to the Rugeley bypass around 8am this morning after reports the river had burst its banks and a number of sheep had become trapped in the ensuing flood.

After closing the road firefighters used boats to reach the sheep entering the water in dry suits to guide and lift them to dry land.

More than 30 sheep were rescued with four dying on the scene.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 28 2012, 8:39AM

    Hi Dave, I assure you I didn’t cut and paste the story from anywhere. Usually both papers will receive the same press release from the fire service so stories are inclined to look similar, however on this occasion I believe the story came from the fire service twitter feed. If you would like to call Steph in the department’s press office to ask if she spoke to me you should feel free. She will confirm that I rang to check the facts and ask if there were any more (which there weren’t at the time). She will also confirm that I asked if I could use the images from the fire department’s facebook page and appropriately credited them to the source. I did not read the express and stars story at all. If our pieces are similar, I can only imagine it’s because we were both working from the same fairly limited source. Thanks for your time, Robin Scott PS – Also, I believe Flock, Herd and even Mob are acceptable as terms for a collective of sheep. ShepHERD or course being one the herds sheep.

  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 27 2012, 9:08PM

    Lazy reporting cut and paste from E&S. even down the the herds of sheep. my 5 year old knows that sheep come in flocks