Thousands of pounds worth of stolen farming equipment found

PUBLISHED: 12:46 24 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:46 24 January 2015

Some of the stolen farming equipment.

Some of the stolen farming equipment.

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NEARLY £60,000 worth of stolen agricultural equipment has been found by police.

Calls from people within the farming community and tracking devices have helped Avon and Somerset Constabulary officers find the items.

They include a Ford New Holland tractor and a McConnel bale grab and spike, both worth £9,000 each, which were stolen from Highbridge four weeks ago.

They were found at Ham Hill near Yeovil on Tuesday.

A trailer and tractor worth £10,000 and £20,000 were found at Cross after going missing from a farm in Warwickshire.

Sergeant Stuart Williams of the rural crime team said: “Enquiries are continuing regarding these recoveries, but we’re 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 made in conjunction with the Association of Chief

Police Officers’ specialist agricultural vehicle crime division.

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