Warning of rural crimes this autumn

Residents in the Whitsome and Edrom areas have been warned by police to be vigilant against specific kinds of rural crimes this autumn.

The Edrom, Allanton and Whitsome Community Council heard about instances of fuel theft, stolen tools and housebreakings.

Police are also reminding farmers not to fall victim to a phone scam.

Officers have received a number of reports of people contacting farmers claiming to be from the police and asking if they would like to take out an advert in a Police Community Magazine which he claims is distributed locally and aimed at tackling young people hanging around on street corners.

The caller is said to sound very plausible, using the name of neighbours, and alleges that they have already taken out adverts - which they have not.

He asks for credit card details over the phone.

Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan, of Northumberland Area Command, warned that the scam, mainly recorded in Northumberland, has also been reported in the Scottish Borders.

Recently a Borders farmer was contacted by a person claiming to be from the police, asking about security on the farm.

“Our advice is never hand over your bank details to anyone cold-calling- whether over the phone or over the internet,” he said.

“Police will never cold-call asking for this kind of information.

“If you are in any doubt tell the person you will call them back so you can check out whether they are genuine and who they say they are.”

Anyone who has any information about the identity of this man is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Residents in the Duns area were also notified that there were a number of housebreakings in the area last month.