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Farmers urged to review security and check property after 20 cattle stolen near Keady

It is the second theft of cattle reported to police in Tassagh area in just five days

Police are urging farmers to check their property and review security after another major cattle theft in Co Armagh.

Around 20 cattle were taken from a shed at a farm in the Tullybrone Road area of Tassagh.

It is believed the animals were stolen on Sunday night.

A PSNI spokesperson urged vigilance and asked farmers to check out farms, isolated properties and review security.

They say any suspicious activity should be reported to the police on the non-emergeny number 101. Crime prevention officers are also available to visit and offer advice upon request by contacting police.

This latest theft follows another last Wednesday evening.

Sometime between 7pm on Wednesday and 8am on Thursday morning, at least six cattle taken from Larry Nugent’s farm on the Granemore Road at Tassagh.

Mr Nugent contacted police following this discovery and had checked cameras in the local area to find out where his cattle were taken.

The alarm was raised by a neighbour. Of the six gates which surround his home and keep the cattle enclosed, four were left open.

After that incident, 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.”

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