Security warning after agrochemicals stolen from farms

Arable farmers in Scotland are being urged to review security following two high-value thefts of agrochemicals from farms.

Thieves struck at a farm in the Westerton area of Meikle Wartle sometime between Friday 17 May and Saturday 25 May.

They made off with agrochemicals worth about £10,000.

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PC Johnathan Walkden of Police Scotland said: “This type of theft is unusual for the area and we are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact us.

“We are working with the farm and the rural community as part of enquiries.

“The chemicals stolen are for agricultural use and include herbicides and fertiliser. They are not considered harmful.”

It is believed that a vehicle would have been used, given the quantity of chemicals taken.

Second theft

Meanwhile, police are appealing for information after a break-in at a farm 90 miles away near Munlochy on the Black Isle.

Entry to a storage building at the farm at Roskill was forced some time between 7.55pm on Thursday 23 May and 6.45am on Friday 24 May.

A quantity of agrochemicals, including fungicides and herbicides along with a tractor GPS system, were stolen.

Det Constable Chris Robertson of Police Scotland said: “We are urging other farms in the area to be mindful of these recent incidents and to ensure that they take steps to ensure their property is as secure as possible.”

It is not known if both incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

See also: The rules for legal storage of pesticides on farm

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