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A farmer from Dumfries and Galloway says he's been left devastated and heartbroken after 250 of his sheep and lambs were stolen.
The livestock,estimated to be worth around £21,000, were taken from his farm near Moffat, and there's been no trace of them since.
The authorities are now asking the public, and the farming community, to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour immediately.
Lori Carnochan reports:
NFU Scotland are keen to send a clear message to everyone, that crime will not be tolerated in the countryside.
Earlier we spoke to Teresa Dougall who is the NFU regional manager for Dumfries and Galloway.
The National Farmers Union Scotland are warning people that rural crime will not be tolerated.
It comes after 250 sheep and lambs were stolen from a farm near Moffat.
The animals, worth around £20,000 were taken during the night and there's been no trace of them since.
The owner of the sheep has been farming the land for decades and was left devastated by the theft. NFU Scotland are urging everyone to be vigilant:
Police are appealing for information after more than 250 ewes and lambs worth over £20,000 were stolen from a farm at Beattock near Moffat.
The texel cross sheep were taken from two fields sometime between the 24th of July and 17th of August.
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A farmer from Beattock, near Moffat, says he's been left devastated after 250 of his sheep and lambs were stolen.