Two men have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal in relation to the slaughter and illegal butchery of sheep and lambs across Northamptonshire between June 22 and October 7, 2019.
In total, 12 reports of illegal butchery were made to Northamptonshire Police during this period, with the Operation Stock investigation launched in response, according to a spokesperson, as reported by us here.
Iordan and Nutu were arrested on the A14 in the early hours of Monday, October 7, following the discovery of nine illegally butchered sheep near Welford the previous evening.
Manu was arrested in Birmingham on October 7th and all individuals were charged on Tuesday, October 8.
Robert Lordan, aged 23, and Florin Nutu, aged 36, both appeared before Northampton Crown Court on Friday, February 14th where they changed their plea to guilty.
In a statement on February 14th, a spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police, said: Both men will be sentenced after the trial of Viorel Manu, aged 39, which is due to start on Monday, March 23.”
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