JCB was stolen in £30,000 raid

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Police are investigating after an expensive piece of farming machinery was stolen in rural Stokesley.

The £30,000 yellow JCB with a front spike was stolen from the Tanton Farm area, sometime between 7pm on Sunday and 8am on Monday.

PC Wayne Whitfield, of Stokesley Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This theft has come as a great inconvenience to the owner.

“I am appealing to people in the area to get in touch if they saw or heard anything suspicious around the time of the incident.

“It is unusual for farm plant machinery to be driven around at the dead of night.”

He added: “I am also appealing to anyone who thinks this vehicle has been offered to them for sale or knows where it is being stored to get in touch as soon as possible.”

It is believed that the offenders broke the lock off a secure gate before stealing the vehicle and driving away in the direction of Hebron Road.

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Wayne Whitfield, of Stokesley Safer Neighbourhood Team, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110154950.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.