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Protesters blockade repossessed farm

Protesters outside the farm near Appleby Credit: ITV Border

Protesters have blockaded a farm near Appleby to prevent prospective buyers visiting the property, which was recently repossessed.

Chris Atkinson lost Birks Farm after defaulting on loan repayments.

A judge ordered the property to be repossessed.

The loan company is now selling the farm - but supporters of Mr Atkinson turned out in force today to give him their backing.

Mr Atkinson says he's seeking a high court injunction to prevent the sale.

Lawyers acting for UK Acorn Finance sent this statement:

The allegations made by Mr Atkinson in respect of the lending and against both UKAF and Mr Phillips personally have been litigated unsuccessfully by him and an order for possession of the property at Birks Farm was made in UKAF’s favour in proceedings in the Carlisle County Court in January 2014. Whilst Mr Atkinson lodged an application for permission to appeal the order, he chose to withdraw his appeal in June 2014.

– Spokesperson on behalf of UK Acorn Finance Limited

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Borders farmers targetted by bogus callers

Farmers in the Scottish Borders are being warned about bogus callers posing as police.

Two farmers from near Selkirk were called by fraudsters claiming to be the police and asking for a donation to charity.

The callers said they were working on behalf of a juvenile crime against agricultural workers charity, and asked for donations starting at £200.

Police Scotland are asking farmers to be wary of these scams.

Fraudsters posing as police target Borders' farmers

Fraudsters posing as police officers have been targeting farmers in the Scottish Borders.

The criminals have been calling farmers, claiming to be police officers and pleading for donations to a bogus charity.

Two farmers from the Selkirkshire area have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from Police Scotland and asking them to support a campaign fighting juvenile crime against agricultural workers.

The caller asked for a three-figure sum starting at £200 and then lowered it to what the farmer was willing to pay.

Detectives are urging farmers in the Scottish Borders to remain vigilant and not to give any money to someone pretending to be a police officer.

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Farmers rally round to help those hit by flooding

The flooding in the south of England is a story that's dominated the headlines for weeks now. While the attention is often on people and their homes, a story less often reported is the impact it has on the farming community.

Cumbria and southern Scotland has had its own share of flooding problems and farming is a major part of our industry. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been speaking to those trying to help.

If you want more information about the Eden Valley Young Farmers collection then email amyswin1@hotmail.co.uk

Young farmers collect for flood victims

Amy Swinbank and Emma Metcalf are from the Eden Valley Young Farmers Credit: ITV News Border

Farming communities come together to try to help flood stricken colleagues in Somerset.

Amy Swinbank and Emma Metcalf are from the Eden Valley Young Farmers and are helping organise a collection of forage and other supplies for farmers hit by flooding in Somerset.

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Farming community rallies round to help those hit by flooding

The farming community in Cumbria and southern Scotland are collecting supplies for famers in the south of England hit by flooding. It's part of a national appeal to help those in the Somerset and surrounding areas who have suffered widespread damage to their land and livelihood.

Lauderdale Hunt in the Borders is one of those taking part in the collection of food and supplies. Timothy Coulson is Master and Huntsman:

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