£20,000 worth of livestock stolen

Police are appealing for information after more than 250 ewes and lambs were stolen from a farm at Beattock near Moffat.

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WATCH: £21,000 worth of livestock stolen

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:


WATCH: 'The countryside is not a haven for criminals'

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.

NFU: 'Rural crime will not be tolerated'

NFU warn theft of livestock will not be tolerated Credit: PA

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:

Although this isn't a common occurrence in Dumfries and Galloway, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware of what's going on around them in the countryside.

Farmers need to make sure everything is securely locked and any members of the public who notice suspicious behaviour are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

This is a terrible case of rural crime and difficult for all involved."

– Teresa Dougll, NFU Scotland
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