NEWRY & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin MLA has spoken of his concern following the theft of three trailers in a 24 hour period from the District.
PSNI sources confirmed that the trailers, two of which were Ifor Williams units, were stolen from Newtownhamilton, Armagh and Aghagallon areas and police stated they lacked any form of identifiable markings.
Mr Irwin stated, “This is further proof of the criminal network that is operating in this district and it is concerning again to learn that three trailers have been stolen in a 24hour period.
“Whilst Police say the trailers were not brand new and well used items they are still of significant use and value to the owners who are now without these items. They have appealed to all trailer owners to have the items marked through the PSNI trailer marking scheme and this can be arranged through my constituency office.”
He added, “It is important that trailers are stored out of sight and secured when not in use so as to make them difficult to spot and steal. However, with that said I know that those in the farming and contracting business are taking steps to secure their premises however even with this preventative action, the criminals are still making off with valuable items.”
He concluded, “The latest crime spree in the area is of huge concern and counting the cost of this criminality would run into hundreds of thousands of pounds in machinery, equipment, jewellery, money and other personal and valuable items. This is the unseen cost of this criminality and it is vital that those behind these raids are caught and brought before the courts.”