Dedicated agri crime unit welcomed
Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan has welcomed the decision by Justice Minister David Ford that a dedicated agriculture crime unit is to be set up within the PSNI.
Mr. McMullan said,
“Last year I called for a dedicated unit to be set up to target specific crimes against the farming community as opposed to rural crime.
“The agricultural industry is the biggest industry in the North and farm equipment and livestock are very expensive so any crime against this industry is costly.
“As we are all aware farmers have been hit hard through weather conditions so they need to have proper protection against criminals.
“I welcome the fact that the Minister has now acted to set up a dedicated unit within the PSNI to tackle crimes against the farming community and hope that this unit can tackle the criminals that are preying on farmers and their equipment.”