Mini digger stolen from Glanbia factory site

Members of An Garda Síochána have issued an appeal for information relating to a mini digger which was stolen from the midlands in recent days.

The machine in question, an Airman 35, is believed to have been stolen at some point from a building site in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, on either Sunday or Monday, according to Gardaí.

Issuing an appeal, local Gardaí said: “Have you seen this mini digger which was stolen from a building site at Togher, Portlaoise, over the last 24 hours?

It is an Airman 35. Any information [please contact] Portlaoise Garda Station or your nearest Garda station.

The machine in question was being used on the site of a new cheese manufacturing facility being built by Glanbia in the Co. Laois town.

A spokesperson for Glanbia confirmed to AgriLand that there was a security breach at the site at the weekend and some items were stolen.

“Security at the site has been increased as a result. The construction schedule will continue as planned,” the representative added.

Stolen farm 4X4 recovered

Meanwhile, yesterday, Tuesday 2, it emerged that a Suzuki Vitara 4X4 which had been reported stolen has been recovered in Northern Ireland, according to An Garda Síochána.

The vehicle in question, evidently used on a livestock farm judging from the photograph provided to Gardaí, was reported stolen yesterday afternoon, Monday, July 1, at approximately 2:00pm.

Stolen from the Castlefin area of Co. Donegal, An Garda Síochána issued an appeal for the burgundy and silver-coloured vehicle, with a registration number: 00-DL-6379.

The 4X4 was revealed to have been recovered late last night.

In a statement to AgriLand, Gardaí confirmed that no arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.