THIEVES have stolen two farm gates in the second attack at the farm in just nine days.
Farmers Beryl and Tom Bird, who live on Naisberry Farm, in Elwick, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, woke up yesterday to discover the pair of white farm gates had been stolen.
Thieves targeted the farm sometime on Wednesday night or in the early hours of yesterday morning and removed the gates after cutting through the hinges with a hacksaw.
It is another blow for Beryl and Tom who featured in the Mail last week after thieves targeted the farm the first time.
The gates cost around £300 each to buy, but Tom said they do not have much scrap value.
He is now planning to buy electronic trackers to install on to all of his gates at the farm to ensure a similar theft does not happen yet again.
“It’s getting quite serious now,” he told the Mail.
“The gates have been taken from a crop field, but we have cattle in certain fields and I don’t suppose these thieves give too much thought about what field they are taking the gates from.
“If they start taking the gates from those fields we are going to have cattle all the way from Elwick to Hartlepool.
“Stock that gets out at 2am can be miles away by the time we realise what has happened hours later.”
The gates that were stolen this week are 9ft long and 3ft high and are both painted white.
The manufacturer’s name, SNB, is welded into them.
The first theft took place overnight between Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19,
Anyone with any information is asked to call PC Keith Robinson, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency 101 number. Alternatively they can call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.