Outhouses and barns targeted by thieves

Rural raiders are being hunted by police after a spate of raids near Newcastleton, writes Bob Burgess.

Four barns and outhouses were targeted during the early hours of Friday morning.

Thieves escaped with gardening equipment from two of the properties between the village and Bonchester Bridge.

Police believe the raiders were two men with athletic builds.

They have appealed for help. The crimes were reported between 2am and 10am.

Inspector Kevin Harris said: “The number of break-ins in this area within a short space of time leads us to believe these incidents are linked. Anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious in the area that night is asked to contact us.”

Information can be passed on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.