Newspaper for Crossmaglen, South Armagh, Newry and Down.

Farmer reunited with late son’s stolen tractor

A Poyntzpass farmer whose tractor was stolen and subsequently discovered in the Crossmaglen area, has thanked everyone involved in its return.  The tractor, which was of great sentimental value to the man, having belonged to his late son, was stolen from the Ballyraigh Road in Pontzpass overnight on Sunday 6th November.

The owner had made a desperate appeal for any information on its whereabouts and a picture of the stolen vehicle was shared widely on social media throughout last week.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy condemned the theft, describing the incident as “distressing” and “particularly sickening” for the family given that the tractor was owned by the son who died in tragic circumstances a number of years ago.

Mr Kennedy pledged to highlight his concerns about the level of rural crime in the constituency at an upcoming meeting with senior Police representatives and to press for more resources to be deployed by the PSNI to combat the situation.

Police confirmed they recovered the blue New Holland tractor from the Crossmaglen area on Wednesday evening after receiving a call from a member of the public and returned the vehicle to the relieved owner after carrying out forensic examinations.

The owner’s niece thanked the public for the incredible support on social media and the “great teams at the PSNI” for reuniting her uncle with the much-loved vehicle.

Police also thanked the public for their continued support.

“This is a great example of how information from the community enables us to focus our resources where and when they are needed most,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

“Lifting the phone and making the call works. We will follow up any information provided by the community and can assure everyone of confidentiality when they make that call.”