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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 www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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.

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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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Horsewatch scheme launched to deter thieves

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Horse and pony owners in Cumbria are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to deter thieves.

Equestrians who join Horsewatch will gain access to crime alerts in their area and prevention advice.

Equestrians are encouraged to join Credit: ITV Border

Police hope that it will reduce horse and riding equipment thefts in rural areas.

Full Report: Rural crime campaign launched

Police estimate that almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years.

As we reported on Lookaround last night, the Police have launched a week-long campaign to highlight the issue - officers have been at Kendal Auction Mart today.

Our Rural Affairs Correspondent, Tim Backshall, reports.

Lyth farmer was victim of rural crime

Almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years, according to Cumbria police.

The force has launched Operation Ambient to raise awareness.

They have been patrolling at Kendal auction Mart to look for stolen animals and to talk to farmers about the problem.

Many of them, like Andrew Allen, who farms near Windermere, have had livestock stolen.

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