RSPCA inspectors visited a port for the first time in a decade this week following concerns over animal welfare at Ramsgate Port.

Three inspectors and a vet went to Ramsgate on Wednesday to examine sheep and calves after concerns were raised about their health and welfare. Two unnamed hauliers were issued with warning notices by the RSPCA - one had broken ventilation fans and the other had mixed sheep from different flocks.

The charity had relied on statutory bodies to run checks but given the resurgence in live animal transport, it had decided to resume checks, a spokeswoman said. “The RSPCA is keen to make people aware this trade is happening again.”