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Barbaric beyond belief

Thursday, 11 May 2017

FARMERS are being warned to be vigilant after an animal water drum was spiked with what is believed to have been white spirit in a malicious attempt to poison 50 sheep.
The poison attempt was discovered by an Armagh farmer at the weekend, who spoke of his horror to the Ulster Gazette in a bid to warn others to be aware they also may be targeted.
The man, who did not wish to be identified, said he made the sinister discovery early last Saturday (May 6) morning at his field, on which around 50 sheep grazed, on the outskirts of the city. "I went up around 6am and as soon as I lifted off the lid I could smell it," he explained. "The water was still clear, it wasn't cloudy, so I'm 99 per cent sure that it's white spirit. That's what the police also think it is."
Fortunately none of the sheep were exposed to the toxic substance, he revealed, adding that he has since been forced to relocate his flock elsewhere.
"I don't know what to think about it to be honest," he stressed. "I don't know why someone would want to something like this. The barrel's out of the way, it's hidden from view, so you would have to go out of your way to find it. You would have to be out walking to see it.
"It's a five-gallon barrel and it was full, so someone must have tipped some of the water out to put the white spirit in it." He continued, "I've never had any bother before. The sheep had been grazing there for the past ten years and there's never been any bother until now."
His wife said she believed the poison attempt must have taken place some time between late last Friday evening (May 5) and during the early hours next morning. "When my husband came back to tell me what had happened he just looked as grey as someone could be. I just can't believe someone would do something like that. We were lucky and now we just want to alert others of what might happen."
Police confirmed they are making enquiries into the incident and are now appealing to anyone with information to contact them via the non emergency number 101. Information can also be passed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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