South Scotland

Saddle thieves target West Linton estate

Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses after saddles and other horse-riding equipment worth £8,000 were stolen from a West Linton estate.

The incident happened some time between 16:30 on Sunday and 07:30 on Monday.

A tack room on the estate was broken into after its padlock had been forcibly removed.

A red Peugeot is believed to have been in the area at the time and police are keen to trace the driver or anyone who may have seen the vehicle.

Pc Corrinne Bird said: "Farms and rural properties are often considered attractive propositions for would-be thieves, given their remote locations in many instances.

"However, making sure that your land is properly secured will deter criminal activity.

"Outbuildings and vehicles should always be locked securely when unattended and where possible, alarms and CCTV cameras should be considered.

"Anyone looking for more information on crime prevention can contact their local policing team."

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