'Kissing gates' stolen from Dorking farm could cost hundred to replace
THIEVES stole two "kissing gates" from a Dorking farm.
The gates went missing from a footpath near the entrance to Milton Court Farm last Thursday, and farmer Hugh Broom says they could cost hundreds of pounds to replace.
"They have just unbolted the top of the gate and taken it," Mr Broom said.
"It might have been someone who uses the footpath and doesn't want to have to use the gate on their bikes, but they shouldn't be using their bikes on the footpath anyway."
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Mr Broom says replacing the gates, which restrict livestock movement while allowing people to pass easily through, was an unwanted expense and wondered why the thief did not take the entire gate.
"You would think if they wanted it for scrap metal they would take the whole thing, but they've just taken the gate in the middle," Mr Broom said.
The theft took place last Thursday. Mr Broom says he will report the incident to the police and will seek assistance from Surrey County Council, which allows public access through the land.