Fears sheep may go on a ‘psychotic rampage’ through a quiet village in South Wales after eating dumped cannabis plants are thankfully unfounded.
Readers and the media flocked to the story after a councillor raised concern that a flock of woolly creatures was causing havoc in Craig Cefn Parc near Clydach in Swansea Valley.
Mawr ward Councillor Ioan Richard, who has been battling against fly-tipping in the area for years, told the South Wales Evening Post: “There is already a flock of sheep roaming the village causing a nuisance. They are getting in people’s gardens and one even entered a bungalow and left a mess in the bedroom.”
But it was what he said next which was picked up and somewhat misconstrued by the internet.
In calling for the suspicious fly-tipped material to be removed, Mr Richard told the newspaper: "I dread to think what will happen if they eat what could well be cannabis plants – we could have an outbreak out of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village."
Cue headlines that stoned sheep were causing havoc in the village.
In fact Swansea Council confirmed it had made the local police aware of the fly-tipping incident and that it had been dealt with.
In a statement, the council said: “We made the police aware of this incident as soon as it was reported and arranged a site visit together. The fly-tipped waste has now been removed, but we’d urge anyone with information about who may be responsible to contact either ourselves or South Wales Police.”
However it remains unclear whether there was any concern over cannabis at all.
In a statement, South Wales Police said: “It was confirmed that this waste was fly-tipped, but it was not confirmed what it was or where it came from.
“All that we found when we got there was earth.”
In a follow-up report, Mr Richard told the South Wales Evening Post: "I suppose it has put Mawr on the map, but not in a good way."