Warning over Gorebridge oil theft

Police are urging the public to be vigilant after the theft of heating oil from a Gorebridge farm.

Worth around £350, the 500 litres of fuel was stolen from a field next to Edgelaw Farm on December 28.

Police believe isolated rural properties make attractive targets for fuel thieves and are urging any homeowners with outdoor fuel tanks to take precautions to safeguard their heating oil.

Inspector Simon Broadhurst said: “We continue to investigate the fuel thefts from these properties and any members of the public who can assist with our enquiries are asked to come forward.

“Outdoor fuel tanks are potentially vulnerable if the appropriate security measures are not in place around them.

“Local officers across Midlothian will engage with rural homeowners and businesses and offer crime prevention advice if and when it is required.

“Taking simple steps such as concealing tanks with vegetation and plant growth, which do not hinder access; installing anti-theft locks and grills as well as alarms can help protect your property against crime.

“If and when possible, the use of CCTV cameras may also be prudent.”

Read full story in the January 10 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.