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Cattle worth more than £30,000 stolen in Aberdeenshire

The theft of cattle worth more than £30,000 in the Garioch area of Aberdeenshire is being investigated by police.

Animals were stolen from fields between Blackburn and Hatton of Fintray between June and July.

And several cows were stolen from a field between Monymusk and Castle Fraser on 27 July.

Police Scotland said it was believed the stolen cattle would have been herded into a vehicle.

'Relatively rare'

Insp Jon Millar said: "We are appealing for any information on these incidents which may or may not be related.

"While this type of crime is relatively rare in this area, the loss of cattle can have such a devastating and lasting impact on famers and their families and we are working with them and the wider farming community and industry to try to identify who is responsible and where the cattle have gone.

"It is vital we speak to anyone who may have seen the cattle being taken from the field or walked along the road. I'd also specifically appeal to anyone who may have been offered the livestock or carcasses."

Police said three Limousin, two Simmental and a British Blue cow were stolen from between Blackburn and Hatton of Fintray between 27 June and 8 July.

Up to 14 Charolais cows were stolen from the field between Monymusk and Castle Fraser.

The combined value of the cattle is believed to be more than £32,000. All had ear tags which were said to clearly visible.

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