OFFICERS are investigating if several break-ins across the Borders are linked.

In Earlston, three motorbikes with a combined worth of £7,100 were stolen from a shed on Everest Road, while two mountain bikes and power tools were taken from an address at Kidgate.

Both incidents happened sometime between the evening of Tuesday, November 7 and the morning of Thursday, November 9.

The two mountain bikes were recovered nearby and inquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible.

Officers are also investigating whether these offences are linked and if the same culprits were also involved in the theft of a mini tractor in Oxton earlier this week.

Constable Craig Hood from Kelso Police Station said: "Our inquiries are trying to establish if all of these offences have been carried out by the same person or group of people and we are keen to hear from any members of the public who believe they have information relevant to these investigations.

"If you saw any suspicious activity around Oxton, or the Everest Road and Kidgate areas of Earlston over the past few days then please contact police immediately.

"In particular, we are keen to trace the driver and any occupants of a black estate-type car with a lour exhaust, as well as a white Transit van, that were believed to have been within both Oxton and Earlston around the time of these incidents.

"If you can help us trace these individuals then please also come forward."

Anyone with information relating to these incidents can contact Kelso Police Station via 101 and quote incident numbers 461 and 598 of November 9.

Information relating to the mini tractor theft can be provided by quoting incident number 525 of November 8.

Alternatively, an anonymous report can be made through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.