The theft of expensive Farm Equipment from a Donaghcloney farm has been condemned by local UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson.
The thieves took a Ford 8340 Tractor and a new diet feeder. The feeder, a Feedmix, is a rare item with the owner believing there to be only around five in Northern Ireland.
The thefts took place from a cattle shed in the evening of Friday 5 August.
Voicing her concerns, Mrs Dobson the UUP Agriculture Spokesperson said “I am saddened to hear of yet another theft of farm equipment. This is currently a worrying trend and I would encourage all those living in rural areas to make sure that their outhouses and expensive equipment are secured.
“Whilst no less distressing that the theft from a family home or business, the theft of equipment from a farm affects the livelihoods of those living and working in rural areas.
“This is the latest in a number of such incidences of thefts from farms across Northern Ireland. I utterly condemn those responsible and will be in contact with the local PSNI to ensure that this incident is investigated thoroughly and consideration is being given as to how to avoid a recurrence.
"The farmer has put forward a reward for information leading to the return of the stolen items – Anyone with any information or who may have seen anything suspicious is asked to contact the PSNI at Banbridge on 0845 600 8000."