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Scrapie cull puts police on livestock watch at checkpoints.

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POLICE CHIEF Iacovos Papacostas has expressed fears of an increase livestock smugglings from the north ahead of the coming Christmas holidays

The police chief said his officers were going to be particularly vigilant this season, as smugglers may attempt to exploit a livestock shortage created by scrapie fears.

In a written circular sent to all police departments, Papacostas pointed out the possibility of an increase in the smuggling of animals and animal products from the north and the possible theft of livestock from farms on the ceasefire line ahead of the looming feasts.

Papacostas has called on all policemen to take increased security measures, noting that brucellosis has been identified in cattle and sheep from the north .

There are concerns that through smuggling, it is very possible that the disease will be transmitted to the animals in the south.

Policemen manning roadblocks and also those responsible for monitoring checkpoints and the ceasefire line have been told to increase patrols and checks to stop any vehicles from transporting animals to the south. Trucks on the motorway will also be stopped for inspection.

It is believed that

The regions of Potamia, Pergamos, Vrysoulles, Zodhia and Denia are considered to be the main transit points for illegal transport of animals.

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