Fencing equipment stolen in Co Meath
A long list of machinery, including a mini digger and a post driver, were taken during the night earlier this week.

Clipex fencing distributor Kevin Lernihan has offered a reward for information resulting in the retrieval of heavy equipment stolen near the N2 road between Slane and Ashbourne in Co Meath.

A garda spokesperson told the Irish Farmers Journal that gardaí in Ashbourne were investigating the theft from a field in Cushinstown, Ashbourne, which occurred overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

"A number of machinery and other property were taken. Investigations are continuing," the spokesperson said.

The stolen items listed by Lernihan include:

  • A JCB 8030 mini digger from 2007 and grading bucket.
  • A rock breaker and Arrowhead post driver attachment, modified for fencing.
  • A 3.5m, double-axle plant trailer with heavy-duty loading ramps.
  • A Honda ATV quad 500.
  • Lernihan has invited anyone with information to contact him on 087-6209612, or Ashbourne Garda Station on 01-8010600.

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