John Deere tractor stolen from Tydd St Mary but recovered in Kent this morning

A JOHN Deere tractor was stolen overnight in Tydd St Mary – and recovered this morning in Kent. The green and yellow tractor was stolen from a compound at a pumping station off Station Road. A police spokesman said: It was recovered in the Kent area earl

TRACTOR thieves struck again in Fenland this weekend, prompting police to renew their warnings to farmers to stay vigilant.

Police will continue to stop and check farm vehicles after three tractors were stolen from villages near Wisbech over the weekend.

Between Saturday night and this morning a yellow and green John Deere tractor was stolen from the Tydd Gote pumping station in Station Road.

It was recovered by police in Kent this morning.

Last night a blue John Deere tractor and leak drill was stolen from a farm off East Brink in Sutton Bridge and a green and yellow John Deere was stolen from Manor Hill Farm in Sutton St James.

Police are also urging the public to ring in with the details of any tractors on the roads in the evenings.

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The spate of thefts started this month.

A JCB fast track and fertiliser spreader worth about �105,000 were taken from a farm in Crowland between April 9 and April 12.

A John Deere tractor, worth about �65,000 was taken from a farm at Shepeau Stow, Whaplode Drove, between March 25 and 26.

And a John Deere tractor was taken from a farm off Bidder Road, Donington, between March 21 and 22.

Dave Sargent, head of Spalding Vehicle Crime Unit, said: “This is a real emerging trend and we need farmers and the public to be vigilant to prevent more thefts and to help us catch these criminals.

“If anyone sees tractors on the road in the evenings, possibly in convoy with another vehicle, then please call the police with the registration details.

“It’s doesn’t matter if it hasn’t been stolen, you won’t be wasting our time, we’d rather check and if we start getting calls like this we have a much better chance of getting out there and making an arrest.

“These types of crimes are a huge blow to farmers and the local rural economy as a whole and we need to work together to tackle the problem”