POLICE are encouraging vigilance on the part of Luxulyan and Lostwithiel residents following several incidences of farm animals being released from their enclosures.
A horse in the Luxulyan area was repeatedly let out of its stable on the weekend of August 3. Police were called and witnessed the owners secure the stable before leaving the scene, however 30 minutes later the stable had been opened again.
Attending officer PCSO Natalie Phillips said: "Animals get out of their fields all the time, but for the stable door to be opened 30 minutes after we left is very strange."
A kick bar was in place which would have prevented the horse escaping of its own accord. A white male, about 40, with short dark hair was seen acting suspiciously at the scene, but made off before officers had the chance to speak to him.
Two instances of electric fencing being turned off were reported on August 30 and 31, allowing cattle onto the A390 east of Lostwithiel, a busy unlit road.
The cows were safely herded back into the field.
PCSO Phillips said: "It is dangerous for road users, and we don't want the animals to be injured either."
The public are advised to report any suspicious activity by calling 101.