Trailers taken in Galway at a rate of ‘one per week’

Call rural crime unit

TRAILERS are now reported to be stolen in County Galway on a weekly basis.

Two stolen trailers were recovered last Thursday in the South Galway-North Clare border area, and two men were subsequently arrested and charged. It is thought that one of the trailers was the trailer that had been reported as stolen from the Oranmore area three days previous.

IFA Deputy President Alice Doyle has called for An Garda Síochána to consider setting up a specific Rural Safety Unit, to ward against machinery, tools, equipment and other properties being taken from farm holdings. Doyle said that dedicated rural crime police divisions are in existence in Northern Ireland, Scotland and other regions in the UK.

Galway IFA Chairman Stephen Canavan said the problem of machinery thefts in the countryside needs to be addressed.

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