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Tuesday 17 October 2017

'It is a complete joke': Farmer brands farm thefts a 'disgrace' following €3,500 hit on relative's farm

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Deborah Coleman

The amount of thefts taking place on farms across the county and in neighbouring rural areas, has been called a disgrace by a Wicklow farmer following the theft of €3,500 worth of equipment from a relative's farm.

Kevin Moore from Grangecon made the comments in the Wicklow People where he launched an appeal for the return of his brother-in-law's trailer and farm gates which were stolen on May 22 when thieves broke locks to gain entry after dark.

Since the theft, Kevin and his relatives have made endless efforts to track down the items to no avail.

"Since this happened we have travelled hundreds of kilometres to Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow but we haven't seen any trace of it," he said.

Kevin Moore’s brother-in-law’s missing trailer
Kevin Moore’s brother-in-law’s missing trailer

Moore claimed that farmers all over Wicklow and the entire country are being targeted by criminals who are getting away with their crimes.

"It is a complete joke and it is happening every day of the week. Some time ago we followed some lads from our farm as far as Athy where they were intercepted by the Gardaí and it turned out they were from Limerick. They were questioned and let off again.

"When larger machinery such as tractors are stolen and taken to the UK on the ferry, nobody has to produce any paperwork for them so they get away with it," Kevin said.

Moore also said his own farm has been targeted by thieves twice in the past while his brother-in-law and owner of the recently stolen trailer and gates, was robbed 18 months ago and lost "every farm tool he had, sheep shearing equipment and a motocross bike", none of which were ever recovered.

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The Gardaí in Baltinglass say that they have had reports of a number of thefts from farms across the county since the start of the year and that incidents do not appear to be confined to a single area.

Incidents recorded include the theft of farm equipment in Blessington in March, livestock from a farm in Dunlavin, also in March and chainsaws from Tuckmill in April.

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