A PROPERTY marking event is being held by North Yorkshire Police in Skipton later this month. All are invited to go along to the morning event at Craven Cattle Marts, Gargrave Road on Saturday, March 16 with any property, including motorhomes and horse trailers, they would like marking to protect against possible theft.

Officers will be there from 9am to midday with a Dot peen property marking machine to mark farming equipment, power tools, equestrian tack, caravans, motorhomes anything from steel and aluminium to plastic.

A police spokesperson said: "Dot peen marking involves using a tungsten carbide tipped pin to indent an object with dots to create a visible permanent unique number. This number is then put into a nation immobilise property register database.

"Marking something like this increases the chances that you’ll get it back if it’s loss of stolen. It also helps us get convictions as evidence when something is stolen. Please bring any property you would like marking to officers between the times stated."

Those who would like property marked, but are not able to make the event at Skipton Auction Mart on March 16 can contact their local neighbourhood policing team.

Craven has recently seen a number of thefts of farm machinery including the theft of a cattle pen from a field in Kildwick.