Bolsover officers lead the social media flock with sheepish tale of a close shave near the M1

Posted on 17th July 2017
Bolsover sheep M1- Jul 17

Officers from the Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team helped prevent a close shave for motorists on the M1 last week.

It was by shear chance that PC Pete Harley and PCSO Simon Galley stumbled upon a member of the public who was desperately trying to stop a sheep from joining the motorway at Junction 29a on Thursday, July 13.

They managed catch the sheep and get it safely into the back of their police car before returning it to its field, but not before taking a picture to capture the baaa-rmy adventure.

Followers have since been flocking to the Derbyshire Constabulary Instagram account, where the force likes to bleat about the lighter, more human, side of policing which can often go unnoticed.

The account was first launched in April 2017 and so far more than 1500 followers have flocked to the page.

Instagram is an online mobile and desktop based social networking site which allows users to share photos and videos. It also offers people the chance to use in-built filters and techniques to bring images to life.

So if you’re an Instagram fan, and want to see our officers and staff in a different way, head to Instagram and follow us via @derbyshireconstabulary.

You can also follow the constabulary on the popular image-sharing social media site by heading to

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