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No shepherd’s delight as up to 100 sheep stolen in Markethill

Some time between 6.30pm on Wednesday, 30 April and 10pm on Thursday, 1 May, approximately 100 sheep were stolen from a shed on Derrycughan Road, Markethill.

Inspector Kieran Quinn, Armagh Neighbourhood and Response, said: “We believe a vehicle would have been needed to transport this number of animals and we are asking anyone who noticed any activity in the local area during these times to contact us as soon as possible.

“We are continuing with our patrols in rural areas but it is essential that home and landowners take steps to secure their property and livestock. Thieves are opportunistic and by locking outbuildings, sheds and houses, removing keys from vehicles and machinery, keeping regular checks on livestock and reporting suspicious activity to police at the earliest opportunity, we remove some of these opportunities.

“I would ask anyone in the farming and rural community who has information about criminal or suspicious activity to contact us so that we can take action and target our resources accordingly.

“I would also encourage anyone with concerns around security on their property to contact us so we can provide advice and support. We can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number.”

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