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Police Scotland Rural Watch update - Rural Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway

There has been a variety of incidents throughout the counties.
 
Warning of persons coming on to premises, befriending and then asking for diesel. On occasions a business card has been shown. Caution advised. Police advice is don’t give or sell any fuel and certainly do not consider renting out farm machinery to these people. 
 
Rural Watch Ayrshire continues to encourage emails anything suspicious behaviour.  PC Graeme  Gordon is in the process of setting something up with the intelligence department in Ayr 
 
With good weather expected warnings are being redoubled to ensure properties, Houses and vehicles are secure.
 
Increased reports of livestock on the roads, particularly in  Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Metal gates are being stolen or removed, leading to road traffic issues. 
 
In the Lockerbie area it was reported that over 500 sheep had been stolen. A massive Police search of the area including the Police helicopter ensued
 
In the north east of the country it was recently reported that over 400 sheep were taken.
 
I have said it many times but it’s usually with rural machines in mind. Let’s know what we have in livestock where it is AND, is it safe. How are large numbers in livestock being rounded up and how are they getting transported away. What is happening to theses animals once caught, are they being butchered locally or moved away from the area. All I’m saying folks is, let’s keep our eyes and ears open.
 
Police are advising increased vigilance, particularly on security of livestock.  How are large numbers in livestock being rounded up and how are they getting transported away. What is happening to theses animals once caught, are they being butchered locally or moved away from the area
 
Summary of crimes for last month:
 
  • 5 calves were stolen from Guiltreehill Farm, Maybole. The breed are Sharlais (may not be right spelling). Any information welcomed
  • A red Honda quad was taken from Dollar Mains, Hurlford. CCTV may have picked someone up.
  • An amount of hand tools have been stolen from a shed at Bonnyton Farm, Drongan. Make sure you lock all tools away. Don’t leave shed or barn doors open for all to see.
  • Wildlife crime. There were two badgers found dead side by side with severe head trauma. It was the Straiton area and police suggest it has not been a road incident.
  • Fuel has been stolen from Kirkland Farm, Kilmarnock and Changue Farm, Darvel and there was an attempt to take diesel from Shotts Farm, Barrmill. Police remind  that as well as stealing the fuel there is usually an amount of damage to the storage tanks or the vehicles. Secure the storage tanks and keep the vehicles close to the house so that they may be covered with lighting or CCTV.
 
A Best Practice day, similar to that held by NFUS, in Hurlford last October is planned. Due to the great success of that day, Rural Watch will be holding a similar event but this time in South Ayrshire and it will be in October of this year. 
 
 

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