Kennedy condemns overnight tractor theft in Poyntzpass

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Ulster Unionist Assembly member, Danny Kennedy MLA, has condemned the overnight theft of a tractor in the Poyntzpass area of his constituency and described it as further evidence that rural crime in the Newry & Armagh area was still “unacceptably high”.

The stolen tractor is a New Holland TS115 and the wheels have just been painted.

Mr Kennedy described the latest episode as “particularly sickening, given that it involved the theft of a tractor which was owned by the son of the family, who died in tragic circumstances a number of years ago”. Mr Kennedy said the incident had greatly distressed the family because of the personal circumstances involved.

Mr Kennedy has a forthcoming meeting with senior police representatives to highlight his concerns about the level of rural crime in the constituency, and he said he would be pressing for more resources to be deployed by the PSNI to combat the situation.