Sinn Féin Agriculture Minister Oliver McMullan MLA has said that the PSNI must deploy more resources if it is to reverse the increase in crimes against farming and rural crime.
Mr McMullan said,
“The latest report from the NFU that shows that there has been a 15% increase in crime against farmers vindicates the position Sinn Féin took in demanding a separate PSNI unit to deal with this type of crime.
“Over the past year we have seen the planned stealing of livestock and heavy plant equipment on the rise as well as opportune criminals targeting sheds and farmyards.
“However the unit consist of only four people and if we are serious about tackling crime against the farming community then more resources need to be given to this unit.
“I intend to get this matter raised through the Policing Board so that we can protect the farming community as they go about their daily business.”