15 April 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

POLICE along the Monaghan/Armagh border are now involved in a new type of ‘open and shut’ case in which several farmers are being targeted by travelling criminals!.

The gangs have struck at lands near public roads and snatched galvanized and iron gates, some open, and others closed—where they were containing livestock in fields.

Last week, the gate thieves struck at a number of farms in South Armagh.

Earlier, a number of gates were taken from isolated lands in the Republic.

The PSNI confirmed yesterday they were investigating the theft of gates last week from locations at Tandragee and Scarva.

A spokesman said three iron gates and two galvanized gates were taken in the latest Co. Armagh thefts.

Gardai say they do not believe the wave of gate thefts are linked to the ongoing rustling of sheep and cattle from Border farms.

They have warned farmers against buying gates which may be offered for sale by mobile traders.

Landowners are being urged to report all “suspicious offers” and to step up security at their lands, to help thwart further thefts.


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