Press Release

Agriculture Committee Examines Criminal Investigation Process

Session: 2009/2010

Date: Thursday, 04 February 2010

Reference: AGR 10/09/10

The way criminal investigations in the farming sector are handled is at the top of the agenda as the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development visits Loughry College today.

The Committee, which is visiting the Veterinary Services headquarters, will specifically look at the role of the Central Enforcement Branch, focusing on how criminal investigations are handled and the protection of the farming industry.

During the visit the Committee will be given a practical demonstration and an insight into case files and the investigation database.

Speaking before the visit, the Committee Chairman, Mr. Ian Paisley Jnr said: “In light of recent cases of deliberate infection of cattle and other horrific animal welfare cases, the Committee wants to find out more about the role of the Veterinary Enforcement Team in tracking down these perpetrators and in protecting the farming industry.”

In the afternoon, the Committee will move on to the An Creagán visitor centre, in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains where they will meet members of the board to discuss renewable energy needs.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Ian Paisley Jnr

The deputy Chairperson of the Committee is Mr Tom Elliott

The Committee has a further nine members:

Mr Jim Shannon
Mr William McCrea
Mr William Irwin
Mr Willie Clarke
Mr Francie Molloy
Mr Pat Doherty
Mr Patsy McGlone
Mr Thomas Burns
Mr George Savage

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