Theft of historic bell in Aberdeenshire investigated
The theft of a large 19th Century bell of "historic importance" from stables in Aberdeenshire is being investigated by police.
The bronze bell, estimated to be worth a four-figure sum, was stolen from the Mintlaw area.
Grampian Police said the bell is of such a size and weight that it would have required at least two people and a vehicle to have removed it.
The owners, and Historic Scotland, were said to be anxious to trace it.
The bell is engraved with "T Mears Of London Fecit 1827".