A rare-breed sheep has been slaughtered on Dartmoor in a Satanic ritual to mark the midsummer solstice.
The whiteface Dartmoor ewe was found by a farmer mutilated in a field with one ear and a back leg hacked off and her jugular vein cut.
Its lamb was wandering nearby.
The female farmer, who did not want to be named, had gone out to check her flock of 100 ewes and 90 lambs on Midsummer’s Day morning.
The corpse had been dragged around to leave an intricate bloody spiral on the grass in the remote Teign Valley on Dartmoor in Devon.
The farmer says it the latest in a line of attacks by devil worshippers across Devon and Cornwall – mostly carried out on lonely moors at night.
On April 18, the night of a full moon, the same farmer found the severed leg of a lamb
She said she does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, adding: “We get enough hassle with dogs worrying sheep – we don’t need devil worshippers as well.
“It was on Sunday – the summer solstice – and we found the ewe around 10.30am.
“It had happened earlier that morning, I would say – the blood was still wet.
“The back leg had been removed by somebody who knew exactly what they were doing.
“They cut around the muscle and the neck had been cut with what looked like a sharp knife.
“The ear with the tag in had been removed. It was horrendous.”
The dead ewe was dragged around the grass in a circular shapes, before being dumped.
Police have recorded it as a case of “inflicting unnecessary suffering on an animal” but wouldn’t speculate on whether it was a Satanic ritual killing.
In 2013 a farming family on the edge of Dartmoor said members of a Satanic cult were slaughtering their animals including horses.
Maxine Beesley, whose livestock were killed in a series of horrendous attacks, said the secret cult was torturing them for warped sacrifices.
She told how animals – even ducks and goats – had been skinned, slaughtered and beheaded in gruesome rituals in the Teign Valley on Dartmoor.
In 2012 a two-year-old horse called Eric was found with his right eye gouged out, teeth removed and genitalia hacked off on St Winebald Day – the day of satanic animal sacrifice.
In 2006 around 100 sheep were found slaughtered with their tongues, eyes and sexual organs removed on Dartmoor and their bodies arranged in a Satanic star shape.
In June 2013, around midsummer, police appealed for information after two horses were found with knife wounds in neighbouring fields in the village of Stokeinteignhead, Devon.
Locals feared the two thoroughbreds were attacked to mark the summer solstice – a key date in the Satanic calender.