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Police recover £500,000 worth of farming machinery

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Police recover £500,000 worth of farming machinery

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Thursday, 21 July 2022

Dorset Police

NEARLY half a million pounds’ worth of machinery which was stolen has been recovered by Dorset Police, resulting in three arrests.

Officers from Dorset Rural Crime Team, together with Hampshire Constabulary, executed warrants at two rural locations in East Dorset on Tuesday, June 14.

Searches revealed a large quantity of plant and agricultural machinery as well as several vehicles stolen from Dorset and Essex.

The warrant first came about after police spotted a vehicle driving at speed on the A338, where they then followed it.

The vehicle then made an abrupt turn, mounted the grass and disappeared.

Investigations revealed the vehicle had in fact been stolen from London and the number plates had been cloned from a vehicle from another county. The driver of the vehicle was not the legal owner but was insured.

A 21-year-old man from East Dorset was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft and handling stolen goods

A 47-year-old male, also from East Dorset, was arrested on suspicion of theft and handling stolen goods.

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