POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a "callous" theft cut power to a number of homes in Moray.
According to officers, a fuel bowser was stolen from Elgin Golf Club some time overnight between Friday (December 27) and the following morning.
At the time, the bowser – a GAP plant hire trailer with a blue metal fuel tank mounted on it – was attached to a generator powering nearby homes and premises which had lost their electricity supply during the storms on Christmas Eve.
Investigating officer, Constable Roderick MacLeod, said the bowser would have required a vehicle to move it.
He said: "This was a callous and deliberate crime which deprived people of power on a bleak mid winter night.
"I urge anyone with information about this theft, or anyone who may have seen something suspicous in the area at the time, to contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555."