Nottinghamshire Police seek information after attempted theft of telehandler in Laxton

Officers have launched an investigation after a Good Samaritan broke up the theft of machinery from the factory.

A man had spotted a telehandler being chased from a property in Town End, Laxton, after being woken up by the commotion.

Growing suspicious, he followed the vehicle through Laxton and Egmanton before the two men inside abandoned the equipment and reportedly fled the scene in a car.

The police have appealed for information.

Officers were then called and are investigating the incident, which happened just after 5am on Friday (January 21).

“As a predominantly rural area with many residents working in agriculture, we understand how impacted they are when this very important piece of equipment is taken away from them,” said Inspector Charlotte Allardice, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood. .

“Not only does this cause them financial loss, but as this type of equipment is critical to their agricultural businesses, it has a wider impact on their functions and livelihoods.

“That’s why we are absolutely committed to working with our residents and acting on local information to prevent these incidents from happening.”

“We urge anyone with information about machine theft or any other crime to speak to the local Neighborhood Policing team. We are here and working proactively to serve the community and listen to concerns.

“Thankfully the equipment has now been returned to its rightful owner and the good Samaritan’s efforts to monitor the vehicle and report it to us are much appreciated.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or dash cam footage should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting Incident 77 of January 21, 2022.

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