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Catherina Cunnane
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Vandals cause over €50k worth of damage to tractors and leave death threats

Police in Scotland has launched an investigation after vandals caused more than £50,000 worth of damage to two tractors.

The incident occurred in the Parks of Whitefield area of Banff between 8 pm on Tuesday, August 16th, 2021, and 6:30 am on Wednesday, August 17th.

Vandals damage tractors

The vandals smashed his GPS equipment, punctured his fuel tanks, and sprayed death threats on the Massey Ferguson machines.

They also took power tools, which belonged to the farmer/agricultural contractor.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Police Scotland said:

“Police Scotland in Banff are appealing for witnesses after two tractors were damaged and tool stolen from within.”

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“The tractors were extensively damaged with the cost to repair them estimated in the region of £50,000.”

In a statement, PC Hussain, the enquiry officer of Police Scotland, said:

“The tractors were badly damaged, which has put them out of action.”

“I would appeal to anyone in the area between the times and if you saw anything suspicious to call 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800555111 quoting incident 0473/17th.”

Warning over Covid-19 test and vaccine scam

Meanwhile, across the waters in Ireland, An Garda Síochána has warned the public of an ongoing Covid-19 test and vaccination scam.

As part of the smishing scam, members of the public receive text message purporting to be from the HSE.

The text messages advise the public to book an appointment for a Covid-19 test through a link.

Once the person clicks on the link, they will be brought to a cloned website. Here, fraudsters will seek their personal information, including their PPS number and payment for the Covid-19 test or vaccine.

Gardaí explained that in most instances, the supplied links look very similar to the authentic HSE URL but may be misspelt.

In a statement, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Gardaí would like to remind the public again that the HSE will never look for payment for Covid-19 tests or vaccinations. The public should be wary of such text messages.”

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