North Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann has called for increased vigilance amongst farmers after news of another major theft of sheep in the North Antrim area.
“After news a few days ago of the largest case of sheep stealing in Northern Ireland there is now word of a further theft of 143 sheep from the Knowehead Road area of Broughshane between the 23rd and 25th July. It’s quite clear that this is an organised gang with an outlet for the sheep. I would appeal to everyone in the rural area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity including cars acting suspiciously as undoubtedly someone scouted the location of these sheep before the actual theft.
Please note if sheep suddenly appear on farmland where they haven’t been seen before or if there is unusual activity at or near disused barns and sheds.
I would also appeal to the general public to contact police if they are offered lamb or mutton from unusual vendors as there is every likelihood these animals will be slaughtered for meat.”
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