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Monday 23 April 2018

Farmers warned as high-end quad bikes are targeted by gang in crime spree

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Gardai in Kerry believe one gang is responsible for a crime spree in North Kerry targeting high end quad bikes.

The Kerryman reports that the incidents took place late on Thursday/early Friday in a couple of raids on unsecured agricultural sheds in the North Kerry area.

Gardaí in Listowel believe the one gang is responsible for both raids, which occurred in Moyvane and Tarbert - just miles apart - within hours of each other.

The thieves entered a shed on a farm in Murhur, Moyvane, sometime between 7pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday, taking a relatively new Suzuki quad. Meanwhile, between 9pm on Thursday and 7am on Friday thieves stole a Honda TRX500 quad from another unsecured outhouse at a property in Woodlands, Tarbert.

Gardaí are now warning farmers - who use the compact four-wheel vehicles in the main - to make sure the 'bikes' are firmly secured when not in use.

"The theft of quad bikes is becoming a big issue nationally, and we would advise all owners to make sure they are secured when not in use," a garda said.

Read also: Farmers' fury after 40 quad bikes stolen by 'organised gangs'

Recently, farmers Co. Limerick have expressed their frustration with the lack of garda resources in rural areas, following a spate of quad bike thefts this year.

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It is believed that at least 40 quad bikes have been stolen from farms in Co. Limerick so far this year, potentially meaning that losses to local farmers could be in the hundreds of thousands of euro.

A number of farmers in the county feel as though they are being “targeted by organised gangs”, which appear to be prominent in rural areas of the county, particularly the west and south, and north Cork.

More than 30 farmers attended a meeting at the Rathkeale House Hotel with Mayor Stephen Keary and gardai from the Newcastle West district last Thursday, to express their frustration.

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