Thieves stole a cow belonging to a councillor.
Peterborough city councillor David Over (Con), who represents the Barnack ward, mentioned the theft during a meeting of the council’s scrutiny commission for rural communities last night (Monday).
Coun Over bought the bull calf, which was a red poll, for use at an environmental site at the East of England Livestock Show for about £15. It was taken from a piece of land he owns in Etton, between Helpston and Glinton last week.
When the theft was mentioned on Twitter last night it resulted in re-tweets and responses from around the world.
Coun Over, who lives in Werrington in Peterborough, said: “I’m surprised it went over Twitter so quickly, my friends in America have already seen it!
“I thought I would mention the theft at the meeting because it linked in with the topic of rural policing which we were discussing.
“In Barnack and other villages we have had farm equipment stolen in recent times.
“If I’m honest I doubt the cow will turn up now. It’s more likely to be on someone’s dinner plate.”
Although he is not a farmer, Coun Over purchased it because he wanted to bring traditional breeds into the area.
He was planning on giving it to an environmental site in his ward.
He said he did not get too attached to the cow and refused to give it a name as he knew he would be giving it away soon.
Coun Over jokingly said: “I was not in a relationship with the cow and my wife said whatever you do, do not keep going to visit it and do not give it a name.
“I’m a retired teacher but I’m quite keen on bringing traditional breeds into the area.
“I was going to ask one of the environmental sites whether they wanted it or not.”
Coun Over is now hoping police take rural crime in his ward more seriously.
Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101.