police are appealing for witnesses after a “malicious act” was carried out at farmland in Abercorn.
Between 8pm on Monday and 9am on Tuesday, staff at West Lothian Riding for the Disabled found the gate padlock on land by the A904 road had been forced off. Although nothing appeared to have been stolen, police called it a “malicious act.”
A police spokesman added: “Farmers and those who live in the country are asked to be vigilant and if they witness any criminal activity should contact police immediately.
“Lothian and Borders police work closely with NFU Scotland to tackle rural crime, bringing those responsible to justice and ensure farmlands are suitably protected against theft and other crime.”
In another West Lothian incident last Monday, a three-year-old Welsh Section A pony had its forelock cut off after someone entered the paddock at Drumshoreland Road, Pumpherston. The horse was uninjured but the owners are now unable to show the animal at forthcoming events.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious around either farm is asked to contact Lothian and Borders police on 0131 311 3131, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.