A VERY unusual item has allegedly been stolen from a Somerset farm.

Avon and Somerset Police's rural crime department has issued the appeal after cow semen was taken from the farm in Cossington, near Bridgwater.

The incident is said to have occurred between December 30 and 31.

It's thought the cattle semen stolen from the Bell Lane farm was to be used for 'artificial insemination'.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Farm watch alert:- unusual theft. "Between Dec 30-31artificial insemination cattle semen was stolen from a farm in Bell Lane, Cossington, Somerset.

"If you have any information regarding this incident or were in the area and have dash cam footage which may assist our enquiries please ring Police on 101 quoting ref 5218287005 or txt the info line on 07492 888109.

"If you wish to report anonymously please contact CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111 #ruralcrimematters."