Belfast Telegraph

Ministers meet over rural crime

Justice Minister David Ford and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill have met to discuss progress in the fight against rural crime.

The meeting is part of their ongoing commitment to work together to tackle crime, ensuring that resources are targeted to benefit rural communities.

The ministers discussed the achievements of the Rural Crime Unit to date and areas for future co-operation.

"The Rural Crime Unit is starting to deliver on the ground, turning the tide against criminals operating in vulnerable, often isolated rural communities," Mr Ford said.

"While agri-crime accounts for just over 2% of all burglary, thefts and robbery, we are all aware of the disproportionate impact that rural crime has on the livelihoods of farmers."

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