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Scrap thieves steal whisky tools

Rosebank distillery
The Rosebank Distillery has been out of use since 1993

Distilling equipment belonging to a former prize-winning distillery near Falkirk has been stolen.

Central Scotland Police said the copper and steel equipment, worth a six-figure sum, was taken from the Rosebank distillery in Camelon.

The theft occurred sometime between Christmas Day and 20 January.

The force said they believed the equipment was stolen to sell on the scrap metal market despite the re-sale value being lower.

Det Insp Hugh Louden, of Falkirk CID, said: "I believe that a significant amount of planning would have been involved in order to get into the building, then set about removing the metal equipment over a period of some weeks.

"The site is a historic listed building and, although it closed in 1993, is a landmark in the Falkirk area.

"It is likely the metal has been stolen to be sold on as scrap and I would urge anyone with any information about the theft, or who has seen vehicles or individuals in and around the distillery site over the past four weeks, to contact the police.

"We would like to hear also from anyone who may be offered scrap metal and which may come from this site."

Rosebank Distillery, which sits beside the Forth and Clyde Canal and dates from the 1840s, produced a triple-distilled single malt until 1993. The bottles currently sell for more than 200.

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