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Cattle-rustling: Man to face charges after border arrest

An illegal slaughterhouse was also found recently.

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Updated 8.35 pm

A MAN WILL appear on front of a Meath court tomorrow after a multi-agency investigation into livestock theft.

The man, aged in his 30s, was arrested early today in border town of Castleblayney and will be charged tomorrow morning at Navan District Court. 

He is currently being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 in Monaghan Garda Station.

555 cattle have been stolen since the start of 2012, according to recent figures.

A cross-border group comprising the Gardaí, the Department of Agriculture’s investigations division, the PSNI and the North’s Department of Agriculture was set-up to examine the problem.

As part of their investigations, an illegal abattoir was also found recently in the border area.

Two people were questioned regarding that discovery.

- Additional reporting by Rónán Duffy

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