Published: 27/04/2014 10:00 - Updated: 25/04/2014 11:28

Farm equipment worth 80k found at Moray farm

police scotlandAGRICULTURAL machinery estimated at being worth more than £80,000 has been recovered from a Moray farm.

Police Scotland said three men, aged 55, 38 and 37, have been charged in relation to the find, and will be reported to the procurator fiscal.

The recovered plant and machinery, which included tractors, trailers and bale shredders, had been previously reported stolen. The machinery was found at a farm near Dufftown.

Constable Peter Campbell said: "Following enquires earlier this year at a farm in the Moray area, a large number of tools, equipment, machinery and vehicles that had previously been reported stolen, were discovered.

"I would like to take this opportunity to urge all farm managers and owners to secure their property and equipment."

Constable Campbell said farmers should consider installing CCTV systems and fitting outside security lights, and store any valuable equipment and tools in a secure building.

An important security measure that can help with equipment recovery, he added, was taking account of serial numbers on pieces of equipment.

"This enables officers to reunite property with their owners should it be stolen," he said.

He urged people to contact the police by phoning 101 if they see anything suspicious.

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