recover stolen equipment after theft at farm near Highbridge
of pounds worth of stolen agricultural equipment has been recovered
this month after a major theft in Highbridge.
A Ford New Holland tractor worth £9,000 and a McConnel
bale grab and spike worth £9,000 have been recovered near
Yeovil after being reported stolen from Highbridge four weeks
Separately, a 13-tonne capacity trailer worth £10,000 was
found when police recovered a tractor which had been stolen at
the same time. A John Deere tractor valued at £20,000 was
found at Cross, near Axbridge thanks to information from the public
which subsequently led officers to the trailer too.
Sgt Stuart Williams of the police's rural crime team said: "Enquiries
are continuing regarding these recoveries, but were pleased
to have found such high value items in the space of a fortnight."
"Particularly pleasing is that members of the farming community
have called in suspicious sightings of machinery, and that two
quad bikes had trackers fitted making it easy for us to find them."
"Farms and rural businesses can take advantage of our rural
community watch schemes and get crime prevention advice and equipment
by getting in touch with their local beat teams, and I urge them
to do so."
The recoveries were also made in conjunction with the Association
of Chief Police Officers' specialist agricultural vehicle crime