PSNI urge farmers to attend rural crime prevention event

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Police in Newry are reminding members of the rural and agricultural community that help is at hand to protect their livestock and property at the launch of Farm Watch on Monday, 4th March. The reminder comes following the report of the theft of lambs from a field on Ballynahatten Road, Kilkeel. Twenty five Suffolk lambs were taken from a field some time overnight between Sunday, 24th February and Monday, 25th February. PSNI’s Farmwatch is a crime prevention initiative which provides schemes and information on protecting property in rural areas. Those attending are invited to bring their trailers along to have them uniquely marked by local Neighbourhood Policing Teams. There will be a number of information stands at the centre including PSNI crime prevention, Farm Family Options, National Farmers Union, Rural Support, Tracker, South Down Family Health Initiative, Tank Commander, Northern Ireland Electricity and the Rural Council. Professionals from all organisations will be on hand to offer advice and guidance. HSCNI will provide free health checks and light refreshements will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and make the most of the expertise on offer. Farm Watch will take place in Mourne Country Hotel, 52 Belfast Road, Newry on Monday, 4 March at 2pm. Farmwatch is supported by the local Policing and Community Safety Partnerships. Anyone with information in relation to the stolen lambs is asked to contact police in Kilkeel on 0845 600 8000.
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