Arrests in rural crime crackdown

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TWO men have been arrested and charged in connection with a series of alleged rural thefts in the Borders between December 2010 and November 2011.

A number of agricultural vehicles, tools and diesel were stolen during these incidents. They have an estimated value of over £100,000.

The arrests follow an operation by Lothian and Borders Police to target rural thefts across the Borders.

The men aged 34 and 40 are due to appear in court at a later date and officers are currently following a positive line of enquiry to identify another individual believed to be involved.

A police spokesman said: “The various vehicles, equipment and fuel stolen from rural areas across the Scottish Borders has had a significant impact on the farming community and Lothian and Borders Police are committed to bringing anyone responsible to justice.

“We engage closely with all members of the public as part of our Community Commitment pledge and the issue of rural thefts is a key concern for many.

“This ongoing operation aims to providin farm workers with appropriate crime prevention advice to ensure their property is safeguarded from criminals.”