Lorrha farmer loses thousands through vandalism

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Gardai are investigating an act of vandalism on a Lorrha farm where eighteen tonnes of fertilizer was slashed and the bags ripped open. The incident took place in a field near Lorrha on a farm which is leased by local farmer Tim Reddan. It is believed that this malicious damage to the fertilizer occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning last April 14.

On his way back from a cow that had just calved early on Sunday morning, the farmer made the dreadful discovery. The ten pallets of the fertilizer were left in what Mr Reddan believed was a safe and a secure part of the field where he has been leaving them since he leased the farm 20 years ago. Delivered just days earlier, each pallet is valued at €400 each so the loss is indeed a heavy one. Four of the bags were very badly damaged where a sharp implement was used to rip the nylon canvass open on both the front and on the back down near the bottom, in the centre of the bag and again further up near the top. With the fertilizer left close to a ditch, it was obvious that the vandal or vandals whoever they were, went to great lengths to cause as much damage to the bags as possible. The rest of the bags were slashed across the bottom so when lifted off the ground with a front loader, the fertilized immediately poured out. With the very heavy rain on Saturday night right into Sunday afternoon, a lot of the fertilizer was rendered useless as it was not spreadable. “At a time when farming is hit hard and it’s difficult enough to keep things together,” he said, no one wants something like this to happen to them. Luckily though he found the damage reasonably early in the morning as some of the fertilizer was salvaged. Such an incident can cause huge stress to a person and in thanking his neighbours who came to his assistance Mr Reddan said he wished to sincerely thank all of them who helped him over Sunday to try and spread what they could of the remaining fertilizer. Aware that there is vandalism and robberies being carried out around the parish in particular in recent months, Mr Reddan is appealing to the public to be vigilant at all times. He is hoping that someone might have seen something or someone acting suspiciously in or around the field in question, which is in the Curragha area, last Saturday night/Sunday morning to contact Borrisokane Gardai on (067) 27101/27160.

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