The break-in happened overnight at the Dundonnell MRT base

The break-in happened overnight at the Dundonnell MRT base

The leader of a volunteer Scottish rescue team that had vital equipment stolen said his members have been heartened by the public support since the break-in.

Donald MacRae of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team said it had received donations and numerous goodwill messages since the incident at its base in Wester Ross last week.

Items stolen included an Icom team radio in a yellow pouch and carabiner, a Karrimor Jaguar black and grey rucksack, red parachute flares and a Dell laptop in computer bag, along with some army rations and bottles of whisky.

Mr MacRae said: “From a point of real disappointment last week, I am heartened by the response of the public of hearing of our news.

“On behalf of the whole team I would like to thank all those who donated money or sent messages of support either through social media or email.

“News of the items that were taken was quickly shared on our Facebook page and to date the post has been shared over 250 times. I am pleased that what started as a disappointing incident has now been replaced by a tremendous reflection of human kindness. Thank you.”

The team leader said the stolen items of equipment have still not been found and Police Scotland are continuing to investigate.

Anyone who is offered or finds any of the stolen items, or saw someone acting suspiciously around the Dundonnell base over the night of Tuesday-Wednesday 29-30 August is asked to report the matter to Police Scotland by calling 101, quoting reference R047933.

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