Theft of historic bell in Aberdeenshire investigated

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The 19th Century bronze bell is estimated to be worth a four-figure sum

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".

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