A number of sheep were brutally slashed to death in a violent attack outside Newry overnight.
Police have described the incident as a cruel attack on a flock of sheep which happened in the Temple Hill Road area of Newry.
It is believed to have occurred sometime between 8pm last night (July 4) and 8am this morning.
Three sheep have been violently killed with a further three having to be put down by a vet.
Four more sheep have what appears to be large stab wound injuries.
Some of these sheep have also had their ears cut off as a result of this barbaric attack.
Photographs are too graphic to be publicised.
If anyone has any information about this horrendous crime then please contact Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 188 of 05/07/17.
The incident is very similar to one which saw a number of sheep killed in the Ballyholland area a fortnight ago.