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St Catherine farmers cry foul – three weeks, 300 goats and pigs stolen

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 7:06 PM

Livestock farmers in the St Catherine communities of Treadways, Redwood and surrounding areas are pleading for more frequent police patrols in light of an increase in animal theft.

The president of the Treadways Farmers’ Association Dovan Smith says in the past three weeks, thieves have made off with 300 goats and pigs.

He says the situation is especially distressing for about six farmers who have been the worst affected.

The farmers say some of the stolen animals were being groomed to be taken to the 2016 Denbigh Agri-Industrial Show slated for this weekend in Clarendon.

According to Smith, the thieves are targeting Treadways and other affected areas, because police patrols are rare there.

A spokesman for the Linstead police said, the cops are aware of the problem and have since increased mobile patrols in the districts.

He also said the police are in the process of implementing strategies to apprehend the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, the police are asking persons who have lost animals to report the matter to them.