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Oamaru Police are continuing with the investigation into the shooting of more than 215 sheep near Ngapara and want the community to contact them if they are feeling unsafe, Detective Warren Duncan says.

About 195 sheep were shot on Peter and Janine Stackhouses’ farm on Conlans Rd over the weekend of June 21-22 and another 23 sheep were shot at John and Wendy Dodds’ farm on Dodds Rd last weekend.

Police have confirmed that two of the sheep shot at the Dodds’ farm were on a neighbouring paddock which has different owners.

Detective Duncan said he was continuing to follow some useful leads and did not want the community to feel threatened by the incidents.

“If locals have concerns about their property security, then please contact Oamaru Police for advice and support.

“Our general advice is, as much as possible, to be vigilant about securing your property and stock and to keep an eye out for any suspicious vehicles or people in your area.”

It was also important that the community take a commonsense approach to securing their property and stock and to contact police if they wanted specific advice, Detective Duncan said.

While useful information had been received from the public, police were still keen to hear from anyone else who could assist, he said.

“We believe that someone out there must know who has done this or have an idea who is involved.

“It’s important for the safety of the community that we get to the bottom of these incidents.”

Oamaru Police Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said while Detective Duncan was the sole detective on the case, other staff were assisting as directed.

Safer Waitaki project co-ordinator and Waitaki District Council community safety and development facilitator Helen Algar said she had been liaising with police and was confident they were taking care of the community.

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation can phone Detective Duncan confidentially on 433 1416.

By RUBY HARFIELD