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An enterprising Leeds Polytechnic student saved two sheep from the butcher’s block by buying them and putting them ‘out to pasture’ on the lawns of the higher education institution.

Gavin Lockhart, 23, bought the pair at Harrogate meat market for £4,.60 each. He said: “I shall keep them for as long as they are happy. I don’t want to make pets of them so I don’t give them affection. But there is trust between us.”

By day the sheep cropped the grass and by night they were put in a pen. Alexander Weatherson, senior lecturer in the Fine Arts department, said: “We think this is a worthwhile project, as it has a sociological theme. It involves studying people’s reactions to unexpected phenomenon. The sheep themselves have behaved very well.”