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Ulster Unionist representatives condemn local crime incident

Local Ulster Unionist representatives Danny Kennedy MLA & Councillor David Taylor have condemned an incident of theft of animals in the Tullyvallen area of Newtownhamilton over the weekend.

Describing the theft as “absolutely despicable” Mr Kennedy confirmed that cruel and opportunist thieves stole 20 cattle from a farmer who is currently in hospital suffering from pneumonia.

Mr Kennedy said he understood that the animals were stolen from the farm of Mr Gilbert Dougan, who he described as a well respected farmer from Barkers Road Newtownhamilton. Four animals have since been recovered but Mr Kennedy said the incident had caused considerable distress to the family involved.

Also condemning the incident, local Ulster Unionist councillor David Taylor appealed for anyone with any information on the stolen animals to bring it immediately to the PSNI. He described the incident as “sickening in the extreme” and said that those responsible were the “lowest of the low”.