A Co Armagh farmer has been left stunned after a herd of 25 cattle was stolen from a yard in Tassagh overnight.
It was reported that some time between 7pm on Wednesday and 8am this morning (Thursday), it was reported that a number of cattle were stolen from a farm on the Granemore Road.
SDLP representative for Cusher Seamus Livingstone slammed those responsible.
“The entire farming and rural community are stunned by this latest robbery of cattle at a Tassagh farm,” said Mr Livingstone.
Adding: “Farmers work around the clock to care for their animals and to work the land. The last thing they need is for someone to prey on their livestock.
“This is an absolute nightmare situation for any farmer and my immediate thoughts are with the farmer and his family.
“Together the rural community can help catch those responsible to get the cattle back where they belong and the thieves punished for their crimes.
“I’m urging people in the area to check their dash cams and cctv footage in case something suspicious has been caught on camera.
“Also anyone who noticed anything, no matter how small, should come forward to local PSNI with information as soon as possible.
“I urge all farmers and rural dwellers to be extra vigilant following this latest farm robbery.”
Constable Mitchell said: “We would appeal to anyone with information regarding the incident or who saw any suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the incident to contact police in Armagh on 101, quoting reference number 233 21/2/19.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”