Fears Raised Over Hay-Barns Set Ablaze Locally

Source: VisitCallan.ie – Haybarn fire in Mallardstown

After four hay-barns have been set ablaze since the 31st October within 1 mile radius in the Mallardstown and Bauntha areas farmers are in fear in the local community.

It is understood that these incidents have been listed as suspected criminal damage and farmers impacted by these incidents have recently met with the Divisional Crime Prevention Officer and members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).

Superintendent Derek Hughes has urged anyone with information to come forward and also confirmed that there is full time policing in the Callan area and that units from Kilkenny were available to support when needed.

Crime prevention advise has been offered to farmers in the local community and Sgt Peter McConnon confirmed that the incidents were being investigated and has said that they “Are being treated very seriously and have resulted in a substantial amount of damage and financial loss to the injured parties,”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Callan or Kilkenny Garda Stations or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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