Spate of thefts prompts warning

Police Scotland has urged people living on farms and other residents in rural parts of the Borders to be extra vigilant following a series of thefts at the weekend.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a Land Rover Discovery was stolen from a farm outside Innerleithen before being driven towards the village along with a small hatchback.

This was followed by the theft of a red Mitsubishi, which was taken from Muircleuch Farm, Lauder at around midnight on Saturday night.

Local officers are also investigating a number of diesel thefts in the Innerleithen, Stow and Heriot areas, which were also reported over the weekend.

Community Inspector Tony Hodges said: “I would ask that those living in rural areas of Tweeddale, Lauderdale and the A7 corridor north of Galashiels take extra steps to secure vehicles, outbuildings and outside diesel tanks.”