Police urge vigilance after recent cattle thefts

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
Police in Newry are reminding the rural and agricultural community to take steps to protect their cattle and report any suspicious activity at the earliest opportunity. The reminder comes following two separate incidents where cattle have been stolen from fields. In the first incident six cattle – two cows, three calves and a bull – were taken from land on Newtown Road, Camlough between 7pm on Tuesday, 7 May and 11 am on Wednesday, 8 May. In the second incident the theft of three black Aberdeen Angus cows from land on Ballintemple Road, Killeavy, was reported on Friday, 31 May. Police are appealing to anyone with information in relation to the thefts to contact them on 0845 600 8000. Police are also asking for the support of the local community to help apprehend those responsible for these crimes. Constable McComb, Newry Response, said, “We cannot work in isolation, we need the help of the public. If you see lorries or trailers loading or moving cattle or sheep at unusual times, particularly at night, please let police know. “We would ask people to take a friendly interest in who owns livestock in a field or on a mountain and if you see strangers around, it should raise suspicions. People affected by rural crime not only suffer emotional and financial distress but when livestock, key equipment or machinery is stolen, it has a direct impact on their ability to carry out their business. “Tackling this crime is a priority for us. We have launched Farmwatch across Newry and Mourne and the rest of E District and I would encourage all farmers to sign up to the scheme. You can do this by contacting your local neighbourhood policing team or crime prevention officer. “It is important that farmers and rural dwellers adopt adequate crime prevention measures to minimise the chance of becoming a victim of crime. For example, change your routine – don’t check on livestock at the same time every day and always report anything untoward to police who can act on it immediately.” Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or in an emergency dial 999.
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