POLICE in the Scottish Borders can confirm that a man has been charged following a number of break-ins to farm buildings and thefts of agricultural vehicles.

The 42-year-old will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with three incidents in Kelso on August 2, 2019, and 14 similar offences throughout the Borders in Hawick and Jedburgh in March 2019.

Detective Constable Andrew Hope of Galashiels CID said: "Officers in the Borders are committed to doing everything in their power to identify those involved in criminal activity that affects our local communities most.

"Break-ins and thefts can often have a devastating impact on victims and business owners alike which is why tackling these types of crimes remains one of our top priorities.

"Please always remain vigilant and take all possible steps to safeguard your property, and report any suspicious behaviour or vehicles to Police Scotland on 101."

For further advice or information on rural crime, visit www.scotland.police.uk/ruralcrime