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Thursday 18 January 2018

€10,000 fund to combat rustling

Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne, Tim Dalton, Chairman Crimestoppers and IFA President Eddie Downey pictured at the launch of the joint campaign to combat livestock theft. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke
Assistant Garda Commissioner Derek Byrne, Tim Dalton, Chairman Crimestoppers and IFA President Eddie Downey pictured at the launch of the joint campaign to combat livestock theft. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke
Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A reward of €10,000 is being offered for information on cattle and sheep thefts. The move is part of a new campaign to tackle the problem.

Jointly organised by Crimestoppers, the IFA and the Gardai, the campaign is calling on members of the public, and in particular those in the farming community, with information on the theft of cattle and sheep to come forward.

Information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers confidential telephone service (1800 25 00 25) or to local Gardai.

"We are taking this initiative with the Gardai and Crimestoppers and putting up a reward of €10,000, to get significant information that will lead to the arrest and charge of individuals in connection with livestock theft," said IFA president Eddie Downey.

"The theft of cattle and sheep is a real issue for farmers.

"Apart from the financial loss, the trauma inflicted on farm families leaves them very vulnerable and stressed.

"This is something that comes up repeatedly at IFA county executives around the country," he added.

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A growing problem of cattle and sheep rustling, especially in Border counties, has prompted the latest campaign.

While accurate figures on the numbers of livestock each year are not available, it is reported that 146 cattle were stolen from farms here last year, with the vast majority of incidents occurring in the Border region. This was half the number stolen in 2013, but 35 have already been reported stolen this year.

Garda assistant commissioner, Derek Byrne, insisted that livestock theft was a problem that could be tackled if enough information was provided.

"I am appealing for members of the public, and in particular any member of the farming community, who have noticed or heard about suspicious activity around farms in their locality to come forward to either the gardaí, or to the confidential Crimestoppers number," he said.

Meanwhile, Crimestoppers chairman, Tim Dalton, pointed out that all calls to the free-phone are confidential.

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