Parable of the lost sheep

PENNED IN: The sheep were herded into a vacant garden, while police tracked down their owners.
PENNED IN: The sheep were herded into a vacant garden, while police tracked down their owners.
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THERE was one for the master, one for the dame... and enough for every little boy in Green Lane when a flock of sheep made a break for freedom in Wyke.

The fluffy fugitives absconded from Rooks Farm and led themselves a merry dance up Green Lane, where they were shepherded into the garden of a vacant house by passer-by Bryan King, who watched in amazement as more than 60 sheep trotted past.

He said: “I saw them coming up the main road and up the hill. A lady from across the road helped me usher them into the garden of an empty house.

“I was expecting a shepherd to be coming behind them, but there was no panic. It wasn’t too hard to get them in. They just flocked straight in through the gate.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

Onlooker Carl Stones said he brought his three year old son, Zack, to see the sheep after hearing the tall tale.

He said: “My wife’s brother phoned to say there was a garden full of sheep. We thought he was joking but then the next thing we were out here and sure enough, there was a garden full of sheep.”

After more than an hour, farmer Ian Metcalfe was contacted and he arrived to pick up his errant flock.

He said: “The police were ringing me but I don’t know how they knew they were ours!

“I knew straight away, as soon as I saw them, that they were mine. They all have a blue mark on their backs but you really can tell from their faces as well.”

Ian made two trips in his truck to round up the sheep and return them to Rooks Farm.