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Over £10,000 of machinery stolen from Scottish farms

 

A wave of rural crime in the East Kilbride has amounted to over £10,000 worth of farm machinery stolen in the space of two weeks.


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Items stolen

From Avonclyde House, Chapleton between 3 and 3:30 am on Monday (July 25)

  • Argo car - worth £4,000
  • Chainsaw - worth £1,000

From Craigthorn Farm, Glassford between 5pm on July 20 and 7am on July 21

  • Various machinery - worth £2,000

From Sutherland View, Strathaven between 10pm on July 24 and 7:30am on July 25

  • Green Polaris Sportsman 500 quad bike, registration SF12 OEM - worth £4,000

Among the items stolen was an Argo car worth £4,000 and a £1,000 chainsaw stolen from Chapleton, as well as a £4,000 quad bike and £2,000 worth of machinery from other farms in the area.

 

Police believe the thefts are linked and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

 

Chief Inspector Gillian Scott said: "Tackling rural crime is a priority in our Lanarkshire Division and local officers are carrying out enquiries into these thefts.

 

"It’s important for our rural community to ensure that their farms, properties and outbuildings are secure."

 

  • Police are calling on anyone with any information to contact them on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Rural Crime Awareness Day

Scotland's local Safer Communities Officers are hosting a Rural Crime Awareness Day in partnership with the NFU and Scottish Fire and Rescue.

 

The event will be held at East Merkland Farm in Strathaven between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday, August 9.

 

This event is an opportunity for local farmers to receive invaluable crime prevention advice and speak to local officers about their rural crime concerns.

 

Speakers at the event will provide information on property marking, livestock theft and farm security.

 

  • To book your place please call 0131 472 4000 or text CRIME and your name(s) to 07789796582 by Friday, August 5.

 

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