Livestock stolen in latest farm theft

March 11, 2013

A spate of thefts from farms in the south Armagh area has escalated with the theft of livestock and a trailer in separate incidents this week.

The thefts occurred during the night of Wednesday March 6th when six cattle and an Ifor Williams trailer were reported stolen.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colman Burns has condemned these thefts and has urged anyone with information to report it immediately.

“Those responsible for these latest attacks on our community, have absolutely nothing to contribute to this area only misery and despair. They sneak around late at night when everyone else is asleep, stealing whatever they can from hardworking people.

“The trailer that was stolen on Wednesday night, was locked in a shed up a long country lane, so, it is widely suspected, that there had to be local knowledge for this act to happen. This was an expensive ‘Ifor Williams’ trailer and is a great loss to the farmer,” he said.

“In the other incident, six cattle were stolen from a farm close to the Armagh Monaghan border. At a time when farmers, like everyone else, are finding it difficult to make ends meet, this is a devastating loss.

“It is not known if the two incidents are connected but there is a possibility that the trailer could have been used to steal the cattle,” he added.

Councillor Burns asks anyone who saw anything suspicious, however small, on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning, to report it immediately.

“This is the only way that we can remove this threat from our midst and curb these attacks on our community.”