South Tyrone arrest after livestock theft operation

Cows graze in the fields at Walk-Era farms in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Columbia County.
Cows graze in the fields at Walk-Era farms in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, Columbia County.
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A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with livestock theft in the South Tyrone area.

The man was detained following an operation involving the PSNI and the Department of Agriculture.

PSNI Inspector Keith Jamieson said, “The PSNI were assisted by DARD’s Veterinary Service Enforcement Branch (VSEB) as part of an investigation into livestock theft in south Tyrone and north Armagh.

“A 39-year-old man has been arrested and is currently assisting Police with their enquiries.”

Over the past number of years, South Tyrone has recorded some of the highest rates of livestock theft in any region of Ireland.

Police have come under scrutiny locally over the lack of arrests. Figures obtained by South Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan under the Freedom of Information Act showed recently that no arrests connected to cattle theft had been recorded in the Omagh, Dungannon and Cookstown areas between January 1 and September 30 2014.