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Sunday 22 April 2018

Two men arrested after Gardai recover €45k of stolen machinery in early morning raid

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Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Gardai in Mayo have arrested two men and seized a significant amount of stolen machinery and vehicles in a planned operation.

Foxford Gardai, Mayo Divisional Drugs Unit, uniform gardai and detective gardai all took part in the operation the early hours of Monday morning in the Knockmore area of North Mayo. 

The stolen property recovered is understood to have an approximate value of €45,000 and included livestock trailers, tipper vehicles, ride on lawn-mowers and other construction equipment.

Two males were arrested in Knockmore and taken to Ballina Garda Station where they were detained and questioned under Section 4 Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Both were charged with handling stolen property and bailed to Ballina District Court next month.

Rural Crime

Irish Cattle and Sheep Association (ICSA) Chairman Seamus Sherlock told an talk at the National Ploughing Championships that 60pc of farmers have been affected by rural crime and that 40pc have had more than one crime take place on their farm.

He said that a lot of elderly people are living in absolute fear. "They are petrified they will be murdered in their own home.

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"They're our grandparents who worked on the land for years and now they are living in fear."

He also said that people in rural Ireland are afraid to walk into their neighbour's yard, afraid they'd be mistaken for a burgular. However, he said that rural Ireland will never get back to the days of the local Garda living close.

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