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Agricultural initiative sees police check tractors for defects


By David Porter

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Road Policing officers in the north-east have carried out patrols in relation to agricultural vehicles along the A947.

Working along the length of the route which runs from Banff, through Turriff and Oldmeldrum, a total of 11 tractors were stopped and checked with only one tractor and trailer combination found to have defects.

These related to its tyres, brakes and lighting and it was prohibited from travelling any further until the defects were rectified.

Sergeant Alexander Bowser-Riley of the North East Road Policing Unit, said: "I am pleased to report the majority of agricultural vehicles checked were in excellent working order and endeavour to use this as an opportunity to interact positively with the farming community on the roads.

He added: "I would like to raise awareness of recent thefts in rural areas and in particular from farms and agricultural vehicles.

"I ask that people remain vigilant and alert to the security of their property and machinery and ensure that any CCTV and security lighting is in good working order.”

Anyone with any concerns or information in relation to rural crime, can contact Police on 101 or the Police Scotland website.

Anonymous reports can be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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