Farm oil theft

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A PROPERTY near Coldstream has been the latest to be hit by the spate of countryside thefts

About 750 litres of heating oil was stolen from the property in the 12 days up to October 5.

This is one of a series of recent incidents and following similar thefts of heating fuel last winter, the police and the NFU want to raise awareness of the problem and are urging farmers to take precautions to prevent such incidents.

In addition, Lothian and Borders Police are reminding farm owners to be extra vigilant and ensure that farm vehicles and other valuable property are secure. This follows recent reports of quad bike thefts, including one from a farm near Newcastleton earlier this month.

The police are urging anyone who sees suspicious behaviour in or near farmland, or neighbouring properties, to contact them immediately.

Anyone with information should contact their local police station, the Lothian and Borders force (0131 311 3131) or Crimestoppers (0800 555 111).