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Alderman calls for increased policing after sickening raid on farm near Hamiltonsbawn

A family farm on the outskirts of Hamiltonsbawn has been targeted into the latest in a series of burglaries in the rural community.

Eight calves and a compressor were stolen and police are appealing for information.

It is believed thieves struck sometime between 9pm on Friday, October 14 and 7.30am yesterday, (Saturday), October.

The blue Draper 50-litre compressor was used for feeding cattle.

The PSNI has also provided a list of the stolen calves and numbers as they search for the thieves.

Taken were a female, black and white Holstein calf, number 41361; two black Aberden Angus females, numbers 41372 and 41394, three female Holstein calves, numbers 41453, 41486 and 41544, and two Holstein calves only born this week and not yet registered. These were a black and white female and a black and white male.

Constable Joanne McKenna has appealed to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area to contact Police at Armagh on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 361 15/10/16.

Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Local Ulster Unionist Alderman Jim Speers visited the farmer this morning.

He said he was “totally disgusted” that hard-working local people were being preyed upon once again.

This is the latest in a series of raids in this area. There have been a number in the Hamiltonsbawn, Markethill and Mountnorris over the past fortnight.

Alderman Speers said this afternoon: “I have been in contact with the PSNI to seek assurances that rural crime is a top priority and that patrols need to be on the ground.

“I am calling on the Minister Claire Sugden and the Justice Department to make all resources available to tackle this ongoing issue.

“I also appeal to the wider community to be vigilant and act as eyes and ears within your area.”

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