Cairnton Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was raided overnight and had 31 prized sheep stolen from their land. They were stolen sometime between 10pm on Sunday night and 12pm on Monday. The farm is located near a main road near to Inverurie, not too far from the entrance of the Kemnay driving range.
Officers believe that the thieves were driving a 4×4 with a trailer attached to the back, which is how they managed to transport the sheep away. A number of young pure bred Beltex ewes were included in the stolen flock, and they are valued around the four figure mark.
Police do not have many leads, so have appealed to the public for information. Anybody that was in the area at the time would likely have seen something. They are also appealing to anyone who has been offered Beltex ewes for sale without any official paperwork, as this would mean that it is likely that they are from the stolen flock.
Police officers have been warning nearby farmers to be extra vigilant with their livestock, especially until the thieves have been caught. The National Farmers Union recently revealed that rural crime and theft costs those who live and work in the Scottish countryside about £2 million a year. It is estimated that in 2013, more than 4200 animals, of which the majority were sheep, were reported stolen from farms across Scotland.