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Island farms alert as cattle rustlers strike.

Byline: DAVID POWELL

CATTLE rustlers have stolen cows and calves from farms on Anglesey.

Farmers have been warned to be vigilant after thieves struck over a three week period.

There is also believed to have been at least one attempted theft at Llanddeusant earlier this week.

A North Wales force spokesman said: ``Police are urging people to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious such as the movement of large vehicles during the early hours of the morning.''

John Rowlands, 62,of Bodloigan Farm,Llanfachraeth,believes one of his suckling cows may have been stolen.

He said: ``There's a lot of worry when something like this happens. Three to four farms have been hit.

``One of them has got to be local and pointing out where the animals are.

``We have got to get them off the island.'' The first theft occurred in Llanfigael between 5pm on Wednesday, May 26 and 9 am on Friday, May 28, when a red Limousin cow (ear tag number UKA3023/00381) was snatched along with a Belgian Blue calf (ear tag number UK703668/600299).

The second theft took place between 11 am on Sunday,June 6 and 8 am on Tuesday,June 8 in Llanfwrog where a black Limousin cow was stolen (ear tag number UK705503)/700008).

Thieves then stole a Belgian Blue calf between 8 am on Tuesday,June 8 and 8am on Wednesday, June 9.

Finally,in Rhydwyn between March and Sunday,June 6,100 yellow plastic ear tags numbered 200211 upwards, 100 steel tags and 100 green plastic tags for sheep numbered 2051 upwards/ herd number UK703848 were stolen. It is not the first time farmers have been put on alert for rustlers on Anglesey this year.

Earlier more than 100 sheep, together valued at more than pounds 3,000, vanished from fields Anyone who sees anything suspicious should contact Valley Police Station on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh language line) or 0845 607 1002 (English language line)ex 5811,or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2004
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