Alex Massie

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The countryside can be a wild and dangerous place:

Farmers have been warned to be on their guard as scrap metal thieves target large gates in southern Scotland.

Three farms in the Selkirk area of the Borders were struck at the weekend.

Farmers said the thefts were not only costly but also put livestock at risk of being killed if they wandered out onto nearby roads.

The Scottish National Farmers Union said that when the economy was under pressure people needed to guard against "petty, opportunistic crime".

Happily, as best I can tell, none of the gates here have been taken. Yet.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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