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Farmers and landowners in Ayrshire have been warned to keep on their guard - as crooks impersonating environmental officers have been visiting farms and 'confiscating' agricultural equipment.

The thieves, posing as SEPA inspectors, carry out a bogus environmental inspection of a farmer's premises before then making off with equipment they claim does not meet environmental standards.

"It is highly unusual for a SEPA officer to want to remove any material, other than occasional soil or water samples," Ralph Pottie, a spokesperson for SEPA, commented.

"All SEPA staff carry appropriate identification and we encourage any farmer or landowner to ask to see it, especially if they don't recognise the officer.

"Anyone with concerns can also call the SEPA Ayr Office on 01292 294000 to check out the details of any officers visiting them."

Article Date: 21 November 2007

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