Two ATVs recovered after joint farmer-police operation


Police and Farmwatch volunteers have joined forces to get well two stolen ATVs price £50,000 and arrest the suspected thief.

Northumbria Police have been alerted on Wednesday (19 October) after the ATVs have been reported stolen from a farm within the county close to Morpeth.

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Officers have been deployed to the realm supported by members of the Northumbria Police’s Farmwatch volunteers.

Members of the 1,300-strong Farmwatch group have been in a position to present data on a silver Audi which had been noticed with the stolen buggies.

Within hours, it was tracked down at a service station close to Ashington and a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of housebreaking.

Further strains of intelligence have been adopted up and searches uncovered one of many stolen ATVs in bushes within the Ulgham Grange space of the county.

The second buggy was situated 12 hours later, additionally hidden in bushes. Both autos have since been seized and will likely be returned to their rightful homeowners.

Inspector John Swan, of Northumbria Police’s rural policing crew, hailed the operation as an excellent crew effort.

“Under the banner of Operation Hawkeye, we’re dedicated to tackling all rural crime in Northumbria to guard those that reside in our extra remoted communities,” mentioned Insp Swan.

“I wish to commend our rural policing crew, in addition to our superb Farmwatch volunteers who constantly go above and past to assist defend our rural communities.”

Rural Crime Volunteers

He added that he was happy with the scheme, designed to assist alert residents throughout Northumberland to any prison or suspicious exercise, share appeals for data and unfold crime prevention recommendation.

The community is complemented by Rural Crime Volunteers, a crew of residents who monitor the areas they know finest and feed straight into Northumbria Police in the event that they see something that rouses suspicion.

“We are one of many solely forces within the nation to have Rural Crime Volunteers, and their contribution is priceless,” mentioned Insp Swan.

The 23-year-old man arrested has been launched on bail with police inquiries ongoing.

Anyone with details about the thefts is requested to contact police through the “Tell Us Something” web page of the Northumbria Police web site.

Alternatively, name 101, quoting crime quantity 124275Q/22 or electronic mail