Farmers and crofters have been reminded that as fuel prices rise, the incentive for thieves to raid rural fuel stores increases.

NFU Scotland’s transport advisor Jamie Smart said: “With fuel prices going up by the hour, farmers and crofters should be extra vigilant and protect themselves against fuel theft.

"Fuel tanks should be kept locked when not in use, out of sight, and in well-lit areas. Wherever possible tractors should not be parked in the field.

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"It is important to keep track of your fuel purchases and usage – dip your tanks daily so that you know if there is an unexplained loss of fuel," he advised.

“If you are the victim of fuel theft please report it to police on 101 or via this link: https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/contact/

"If you witness a theft occurring call 999 immediately."