Warning issued after series of oil thefts in region

POLICE are urging householders and businesses to be on their guard after a spate of oil thefts.

The latest incident happened between January 22 and 30 when 400 litres of heating oil was stolen from an outside tank at Newmill after its padlock was removed.

It comes following a similar theft in Morebattle, when two seperate amounts, totalling 550 litres - estimated to be worth £700 - were taken from a property within the space of just a few days.

Sergeant Rachel Campbell of Lothian and Borders Police told the Hawick News: “We’re trying to raise people’s awareness to try to think about the security they have for their oil.

“Residents, especially those in rural properties, should remain vigilant and if they hear vehicles in the middle of the night or during the hours of darkness, particularly vans, then contact the police.”

Sgt Campbell believed that, with the escalating price of fuel, coupled with the continued cold spell, this particular problem could be around for some time to come.

She added: “At the moment the price of oil is going up, as is gas and electricity. Some people are taking advantage of this for their own criminal gain. I would encourage anyone with information to note it down and get in touch with us.”