A MOUNTAIN rescue team has had vital supplies stolen by thieves who broke into their base.

Rescuers based in Dundonnell said a team radio, laptop and parachute flares were taken in the raid, which happened some time overnight last Tuesday.

Police are investigating the theft, during which army rations and bottles of whisky were also taken.

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Donald MacRae, Team Leader of Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Any break-in is disappointing, however, breaking in and stealing rescue equipment is very sad.

"The time line of this event was narrowed as we were involved in a rescue on Tuesday evening and were in the base then. The following day, our neighbour noticed our roller door was open.”