Man arrested over theft of livestock worth €100,000

Garda investigation after 75 cattle, 25 sheep taken from farm in Co Westmeath

The animals taken included nine cows, nine calves and about 15 Charolais continental crossbreeds Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/File Photo

The animals taken included nine cows, nine calves and about 15 Charolais continental crossbreeds Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times/File Photo

 

A man in his 30s has been arrested over the theft of livestock estimated at a value of more than €100,000 from a farm in Co Westmeath.

Seventy-five cattle and 25 sheep were taken during the incident on June 24th at a farm at Cornaher in Kilbeggan.

Niall Dillon, who owns the farm between Kilbeggan and Tyrrellspass near the N6 Old Dublin Road, said he had gone to his property on the afternoon of June 25th to discover the lock cut on the gate.

He told RTÉ News at the time that CCTV footage showed a truck with a single trailer coming into the local village and leaving about two hours later. It is believed the livestock were loaded onto the trailer.

The animals taken included nine cows, nine calves and about 15 Charolais continental crossbreeds. All were tagged and are fully traceable.

The arrested man is currently being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Ballyshannon Garda Station.