TWO thefts from rural properties in Aberdeenshire are being investigated by Police Scotland, including the theft of a dumper truck and trailer at around 1am on Wednesday, September 13.

A Benford Terex dumper truck, and an Ifor Williams trailer, worth a four figure sum of money, were taken from the Turriff area.

In a second incident, between 8pm on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, a number of tools, also valued at a four figure sum, were stolen from a secure outbuilding on a farm in Fyvie.

Detective Constable, Richard Cooper, of the CID Proactive team, based at Fraserburgh, said: "Thieves have been out in Aberdeenshire this week and so I want to warn home and business owners to be especially vigilant in terms of securing their property and vehicles.

"If anyone recalls seeing the Benford truck, trailer or indeed if anyone has been offered industrial tools for sale, I would ask them to get in touch."

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting references 0185, of September 13, for the truck, and reference 0958, of September 12, for the tools. To remain anonymous, you can also contact the charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.