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Horse crime becomes mane concern


Horse owners will receive an early alert of potential equine-related crime

An initiative is under way in south west Scotland to help tackle the issue of equine crime in the area.

The Dumfriesshire Horsewatch scheme is being spearheaded by Lockerbie woman Mona Parr, a member of the British Horse Society.

The early warning system is designed to alert horse owners when crime breaks out in the area, or threatens to.

It is hoped that if the scheme proves successful it could be extended right across Dumfries and Galloway.

Ms Parr explained: "The benefits of having Horsewatch in this area is that we would be one step ahead of any criminals coming into the area.

"The members need to be looking out for suspicious activity.

"They need to report that activity to police who will then put a message out so that all horse owners will know that there is possible activity in the area."

It is hoped a text message system can be set up in future in order to pass information between horse owners more quickly.

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