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Two people fined over alleged stolen cattle recovered in the Hunter Valley

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Two people have been fined over alleged stolen cattle recovered in the Hunter Valley. 

On Tuesday last week Hunter Valley Rural Crime Prevention Team officers with assistance from the HVPD, other Rural Crime Investigators from across the State, including four Horseback Accredited Rural Crime Investigators (HARCI), and their working dogs, attended a property on Putty Valley Road at Putty and executed a search warrant.

As police mustered the cattle on the property, rural crime investigators located eight heifers and one steer that weren’t appropriately tagged and registered, as per requirements under the Biosecurity (National Livestock Identification System) Regulations 2017.

While they were at the property, investigators also found three other cattle that were previously reported stolen from a nearby property.

Whilst at the scene, police spoke with a 40- year-old woman from Putty.

As a result of their inquiries, the woman fined over $10,000 when issued twelve infringements for the offences of breach of mandatory measure – Section 46 (Farm property, Reportable transaction), National Livestock Identification System, Regulations 2017 and not possess accurate stock transport statement.

Following further investigations police issued spoke to a 70 year old man from man from Broke on the 3 September 2020 and he was fined more than $6,000 when issued seven infringements for the offences of breach of mandatory measure – Section 18 (Failure to properly identify stock) National Livestock Identification System, Regulations 2017 and not possess accurate stock transport statement.

The stolen cattle have been returned to their owner and investigations are continuing into the incident.

If you have any information about the stolen cattle, call the Rural Crime Investigators at Muswellbrook Police Station.

Anyone with information about rural crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or their local police station.

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