Thieves steal valuable farming equipment

PUBLISHED: 15:55 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 21 May 2018

The agricultural equipment was stolen from Hewish. Picture: Stefan Longin/Deere & Company

The agricultural equipment was stolen from Hewish. Picture: Stefan Longin/Deere & Company

Copyright© 2013 Deere & Company

Valuable agricultural machinery is being targeted by thieves in North Somerset.

A baler.A baler.

Police have received reports of four incidents where criminals have stolen balers from farm buildings in Hewish.

The equipment, which is used to compress crops into bales, is worth an estimated £2,000.

Avon And Somerset Constabulary officer Katy Drabble said: “We’d really like to prevent any more farmers being targeted so please secure baler equipment where possible particularly access to the knotter part of the machinery.

“We can offer a free marking system and also advise on security measures landowners can take.

“If you have any information on these thefts, or the whereabouts of this machinery, please call 101 quoting reference 5218104714.

“Or, if you’d like to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The police run a Farm Watch scheme, and to find out more details, email

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