The mystery of the missing sheep has been solved - 11 days after the fleecy flock was found wandering around Chiddingly.
Sussex Police has been informed that the lost flock of sheep in Chiddingly are now back safe and well with their local owner.
It is believed the woolly mammals had escaped a field they were being kept in.
A police spokesman said: “Apparently a neighbour was looking after the sheep on behalf of the owner, who was unwell, when they escaped to another field on Saturday, April 13.”
Sussex Police and residents launched a hunt for the owners of 56 black and white sheep after they turned up in a Chiddingly field.
Last week the Sussex Express reported how retired Hugh Soper was caring for 20 of the sheep in his back garden while the search for the missing owner is being carried out.
The rest were being cared for by a neighbour.
of Mr Soper.