Tuesday 10am: Thieves have stolen a cow belonging to a Peterborough councillor.
Cllr David Over (Con, Barnack) mentioned the theft during a meeting of Peterborough City Council’s Scrutiny Commission for Rural Communities on Monday night (13 January).
The red cow, which Cllr Over had bought for an environmental site, was taken from a farm in the Barnack area last week.
When the theft was mentioned on Twitter last night it resulted in re-tweets and responses from around the world.
Cllr Over told the PT: “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.
If you have information on the whereabouts of Cllr Over’s stolen cow contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.