Rural marking scheme is welcomed

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FOLLOWING the launch of the trailer-marking scheme by police at Mullahead Ploughing Match last month, one local councillor has suggested the initiative is expanded to include all types of farm machinery.

The free scheme is available to farmers throughout the district and involves members of the Neighbourhood Policing team marking trailers boldly and brightly in an attempt to prevent theft, and also to enable the trailer to be tracked if it is stolen.

Councillor David Herron suggested the scheme could be opened up to include different types of farm machinery, following the theft of quads and other equipment from rural areas in recent times.

Sergeant Billy Stewart, head of the neighbourhood team, said he would welcome further suggestions for the scheme, including a demonstration from police at some of the local farmer’s markets.

To have your trailer marked, call 0845 600 8000 and make an appointment with either the Banbridge and Gilford team or the Dromore and Rathfriland team.