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'Substantial' reward offered for info leading to return of trailer and poultry pens

Thursday, 20 July 2017

'Substantial' reward offered for info leading to return of trailer and poultry pens thumbnailThe actual trailer containing the covered poultry pens which were stolen

A 'SUBSTANTIAL' reward has been offered for information leading to the recovery of tens of thousands of pounds worth of farm equipment stolen from the Omagh Showgrounds, Gillygooley Road, on Friday, July 7.

Tyrone Farming Society's 177th Omagh Show took place the previous weekend at the grounds and attracted huge numbers to the annual event, but this development has cast a shadow on what was an otherwise outstanding event.

The theft has only come into the public domain this week, 10 days after the end of the show as police have revealed how at approximately 8.16pm on the date in question a Nugent trailer carrying poultry pens was stolen from the showgrounds.

CCTV footage showed the trailer leaving the grounds attached to a green coloured Land Rover Defender 90 which was observed heading right on the Gillygooley Road towards Drumquin.

Constable Robinson outlined some of the detail people should look out for if approached with any of these items for sale. He said the letters and numbers BT 66 7RZ were written underneath the trailer. The words 'Lurgan Show' were displayed on the sides and Henry Latimer displayed as the selling agent on the back.

"The poultry pens are valued at approximately 10,000. They were flat-packed at the time and included 101 sets of 18" trebles which is equivalent to 303 pens and 65 sets of 24" doubles which is equivalent to 130 pens. This leaves a total of 433 pens. The pens are branded with 'Lurgan Horse & Cattle Show Society'.

He appealed to anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 502 10/07/17, or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111".

Tyrone Farming Society secretary, Edwin Cartwright, confirmed the society had decided to offer what he described as a 'substantial' reward for the recovery of the items and the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Society chairman, Thomas Harkin, confirmed the trailer and pens had been on loan from Lurgan Show and said unless the items were recovered, they would probably be out money as a result.

 

"At the moment we will probably be out money to replace them if they are not returned. We will recover - we have a good team in place but it's just disappointing," he said.

He added it was very disappointing that the like of this could happen to Omagh Show.

"I don't know if it was an opportunist event or pre-planned. We never had the like of this happen before and the last thing we needed after the success of the show and all the goodwill and hard work by our volunteers. At the end of the day this is a charity business and it's very disappointing that something like this can happen."

He added if anything it served to highlight how much rural crime was out there at the moment.

"We would appeal to anyone who has CCTV operating on the Gillygooley to Drumquin Road and indeed anywhere on the route to watch it again and see if they noticed the green coloured Land Rover Defender 90 and tell the police," he said.

Local Fermanagh and Omagh district councillor, Bert Wilson, said it was a disgrace that after all the voluntary work that the local people have put into the show that someone could stoop so low. There are so many people involved in the show, and they put many hours into preparation.

Mr Wilson has been an consistent campaigner for a greater police presence in rural areas and has consistently voiced his concerns about the ever-increasing spate of crimes against the farming community.

"It has to be totally condemned. Hopefully it will be found again and the culprits involved will be punished because it's not good enough," he said.

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