An award-winning bird fancier has spoken of his heartache after thieves stole some of his prize winning birds.
John Bell, from Maryport, has travelled the country with his show birds and won a host of top awards.
However, last night twenty of his best canaries were taken, and he believes they were stolen to order.
Kenny Toal has this report:
79-year-old John Bell was left devastated after around 20 of his prize-winning canaries were stolen from his shed in Dearham, Maryport, this morning (18th March).
A 79-year-old man has been left 'devastated' after 20 of his prize winning canaries were stolen form his shed near Maryport.
The theft happened in the early hours of this morning (18th March), from a shed on Maryport Road in Dearham.
John Bell is well known in the area for showing his birds across the country.
The birds are a mixture of Gloucester canaries with green and yellow colours, and among the group were a bright orange 'red factor', one cinnamon hen and two brown and orange 'mules'.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Workington Police Station by calling 101 or alternatively contact crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Around £50,000 worth of jewellery has been stolen from a house in the Scottish Borders.
The break-in was discovered at around 4.15pm on Friday (15th February) at a property in Main Street near Duns in Berwickshire.
A family member returned to the house to find various pieces of expensive jewellery had been taken.
Lothian and Borders Police are keen to trace the driver of a white Transit van, seen in the area at the time.
The Country Land and Business Association is urging farmers to do more to protect their equipment from thieves.
There has been a rise in the number of thefts of fuel and farm machinery.
Economic uncertainty has also made the problem worse.
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Farmers are being urged to make sure their equipment is securely locked away.
A new campaign has been launched to try to prevent the theft of tools, machinery and vehicles in rural parts of the region.
A charity clothing recycling bank has been emptied by thieves in west Cumbria.
The clothing is used to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
It was stolen from the organisation's collection point in Sullart Street, Cockermouth.
Cumbria Police are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.
Thieves have made off with more than £50,000 of equipment following a raid on a Borders bus depot.They struck at Munro's of Jedburgh in the town's Bongate overnight on Sunday when three large mechanic tool boxes and contents were stolen along with a quantity of parts and tyres.
Last month around £3,000 in cash was stolen during another break-in at the firm's Oakvale Garage.
A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said the latest raid happened between 10.30p.mhours on Sunday and 4.45a.m. on Monday.He added:
Anyone with any information can contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, or the charity Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111