Firearms stolen in farm raid

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Six weapons were taken in the raid

FIREARMS have been stolen from a farm near Dumfries.

The property in Parkgate was broken into sometime between 10am on Thursday 10 November and 12pm on Tuesday 15 November.

Police say the thieves took five shotguns and a rifle.

A total of £15,000 worth of goods was taken in the raid, including a designer handbag, a watch and cash, in addition to the weapons.

Police are keen to trace the occupants of a small van seen in the area during the morning of Monday 14 November

Detective Constable Hayley Ross from Dumfries CID said: “Clearly there is a public safety issue here and we need to trace these guns as soon as possible before they fall into the wrong hands.

“The guns were legally licensed to the owner who had them for legitimate purposes. However as anyone will know, they can be a dangerous weapon and should only be used by trained professionals who have legally applied for them.

“Thankfully gun incidents rarely happen in our region and this is partly down to secure policing and appropriate handling of them by their owners. We are resolute for this to continue.

“The combined total of all the property and cash stolen is undeniably significant and one would have to assume that the people who targeted this property knew there were items of worth inside. This would suggest they may have been in the area before the incident.

“We would urge anyone who know the whereabouts of the stolen property or seen any suspicious activity in the area to contact us on 0845 600 5701 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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