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Police Appeal for Assistance from the Farming and Rural Communities

The Community Policing Teams in the Trossachs, Teith, Forth and Endrick areas are looking to the farming community and local people to help them track down thieves who are currently operating in their areas.

Since the start of the year there have been a number of break-ins to farms and other rural properties and local police officers are appealing to the farming and agricultural community for help.

Inspector Gerry McMenemy said;

 “Our farming and rural communities can appear vulnerable to these thieves simply by the often isolated location.  Officers are working hard to try and identify those responsible for thefts but we need the assistance of farmers, businesses and other rural residents.

It’s quite simply to be aware of these occurrences and to report anything suspicious, no matter how trivial it may appear at the time- strange vehicles turning up in farm yards; unexplained movement of equipment; barn door found lying open etc.   We have spoken to people who have told us that in the past they chased suspicious people off their property but didn’t report it to police. Please, this is the sort of information to we need to hear about.

We need to know who is trying to steal from our communities, what vehicles they are using and when and where are they doing it.

I appeal to anyone who has any information that may help us, past or present to contact us.  It may just be the piece of information we are looking for”

The following are some of the incidents that remain under investigation:

Between 24th and 27th January a garage was broken into at Gartmore and a variety of powers tools were stolen.

On 6th February a large hand built wooden staircase was stolen from a garden in Gartmore.

Sometime between 21st December 2013 and 3rd January 2014 a set of ladders was stolen from a garden in Fintry.

Sometime between 1st and 2nd February a farm house near Kippen was broken into.

Between 19th and 20th March a farm shed was broken into near Buchlyvie and a quantity of tools stolen. Over the same dates an attempt was made to steal a horse box near Blanefield.

Fuel, particularly diesel, has also been targeted. Sometime between 29th January and 1st February a tractor parked in a shed on a farm near Dunblane had its diesel tank siphoned. More recently two men were disturbed in a haulage yard in Blair Drummond trying to steal the fuel from the tanks of an HGV. They made off in a vehicle. 

As well as thefts from farms and sheds, small amounts of money have been stolen from honesty boxes where the likes of farm eggs and home produce are offered for sale.  This is a real community enterprise that local people love to use but criminals are threatening this cottage industry.

If you wish to speak to police and pass on information about any of the above then contact us on tel: 101

or 999 in an emergency.

You can also contact us by e-mail at

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You can also call crimestoppers free on tel: 0800 555 111 or report online at

www.crimestoppers-uk.org

All information can be given anonymously if required.


 

 

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