OWNERS of a Scottish dairy company have said they are "saddened" after a couple took advantage of their "honesty shed" by paying just pennies for large quantities of food.

Black Isle Dairy in Ross-shire is a well-known ice cream business in the Highlands.

Through its unstaffed "honesty shed" near Muir of Ord it also offers free range eggs and pork products, with customers able to help themselves, but still expected to leave the appropriate amount of money for their purchases.

The product range has now been expanded to include freshly roast premium coffee from Milk Bar; beef, pork and chicken products from Macbeth’s Butchers and freshly baked breads from The Bakery

But The Ross-shire journal reported that Black Isle Dairy staff saw the couple not respecting the rules on CCTV.

They said on Facebook: "Really saddened, however, to witness the man and woman who paid a handful of pennies at 1.30pm Wednesday 7th April in exchange for six packs of sausages, a large pork roast joint and eggs.

"You have been filmed on our CCTV and we urge you to refrain from stealing so we do not need to take further action or close our shop.

"We are happy our HONESTY SHED is proving popular in the current crisis but we are fighting for our livelihoods – just as our partner businesses are – and the shop only works if folk are HONEST.

"We wholeheartedly thank the vast majority of you, our loyal customers, who are and thank you for your continued support."

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