Horse theft warning

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Local horse owners are being urged to be extra vigilant amid fears that thieves are operating in the Hawick area.

Enquiries are ongoing after a a resident in Hallrule, near Bonchester, reported that one of his horses had its mane pleated overnight. And police are investigating the theory that this is a sign the animal had been marked for possible theft.

Chief Inspector Andrew Clark said: “This latest incident is similar to a call we received last week, when a horse’s tail had been cut and left on a gate at a farm in Maxton. So it is imperative that farmers report any suspicious activity as soon as possible and stay vigilant.

“We would urge any members of the public who saw anything unusual around Hallrule late last Wednesday night or early on Thursday morning to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”