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Children learn to crack down on rural crime

Children are learning about rural crime. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren are visiting a farm in Cumbria, to find out about the devastating effects of rural crime.

As part of the NFU's Country Watch Eden scheme, a farmer at Coupland Beck Farm in Appleby is explaining to the children and police how he defends against rural crime.

Rural crime cost Cumbria £590,000 in 2014.

Dog kennels stolen from Sanquhar farm

Police Scotland think the offenders may have been disturbed. Credit: ITV Border

Police are appealing for witnesses after "three and a half" dog kennels were stolen from a farm in Carserigg, Sanquhar.

It happened between Friday 11 and Sunday 13 September, and police say it would have taken a vehicle to move them.

They're valued at £2,380.

This is yet another theft in a very rural part of out region and would have taken time and effort to commit.

We do believe that those involved may have been disturbed and we are appealing to anyone who may have any information which might help us catch those responsible to call us at Sanquhar through the 101 number."

– Constable Emily Conroy of Police Scotland

Police investigating string of farm thefts

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Police are investigating a spate of thefts from farms across the Galloway area of Dumfries and Galloway.

A red coloured Honda TRX 500 quad bike with a value of around £3,000 was stolen from a farm at Whauphill, Newton Stewart, sometime between 6pm on Thursday 9 and 10am on Friday 10 July.

A large quantity of tools including a welder inverter, a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Makita angle grinder, electric drills and Draper socket sets were stolen in a break-in to a farm at Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart. The value of the stolen property is in over £2,000. The theft took place sometime between 8:30pm on Thursday 9 and 4am on Friday 10 July.

An orange coloured petrol Husqvarna hedge strimmer has also been stolen from a farm near Carinryan sometime between Wednesday 24 June and Wednesday 8 July and a parking meter damaged in what appears to be an attempt to gain access to the money boxes at Galloway House Gardens at Garlieston, Newton Stewart. Two donation posts have been damaged as a result and the cost to repair them is estimated at around £600. The damage was caused sometime between Friday 3 and Tuesday 7 July.

Anyone with information about a specific crime should contact Police Scotland on 101. Information can also be given through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at

Police warn of rural crime-wave

Thieves have been targeting farms across South West Scotland in the past few weeks.

Police Scotland warn that a number of valuable items have been stolen from rural properties.

The thefts include:

A red coloured Honda TRX 500 quad bike with a value of around £3000 stolen from a farm at Whauphill, Newton Stewart, overnight on the 9th/10th July.

A large quantity of machine tools valued at £2,000 taken from a farm at Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart, overnight on the 9th/10th July.

A parking meter damaged, costing £600, at Galloway House Gardens at Garlieston, Newton Stewart, between 3rd/7th July.

An orange coloured petrol Husqvarna hedge strimmer stolen from a farm near Carinryan, Stranraer, between 24 June/8 July.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland.


Crackdown on rural crime

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Cumbria police are trying to crack down on rural crime.

They're hosting an event at the auction mart in Cockermouth following an increase in the number of burglaries and thefts around farms.

People will be able to discuss any issues of concern and sign up to the Farmwatch scheme.

Police event to help combat rural crime in Allerdale

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Police are hosting a public event in Cockermouth to discuss rural crime following an increase in thefts and burglaries at farms in the area.

The meeting takes place at Mitchell's Auction Mart at 7pm on Monday 2 March and will give people the opportunity to talk about any concerns they have around rural crime and what steps they can take to prevent it.

Crime prevention officer David Thompson and PCSO Sarah Brown will be offering advice on all aspects of rural crime along with the local wildlife officer.

“We encourage anyone with any issues or concerns to attend this event. We will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have and offer advice where possible. Even if you don’t have any concerns, you may be interested in the crime prevention tips that will be available.

“The event will also provide an opportunity to sign up to Farmwatch or request a free crime prevention survey at your farm.”

– PCSO Sarah Brown, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing team

Anyone with issues or concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or get in touch with the local crime prevention officer for free expert advice.

Horsewatch needs the community to help

Equestrians in Cumbria are bring advised to join Horsewatch, a scheme set up by Cumbria Police to reduce the theft of horses and riding equipment.

They will gain access to crime alerts in their area and crime prevention advice.

Nigel Sutcliffe, Horsewatch co-ordinator, explains the importance of community involvement in the scheme:

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