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Farm security warning after Ribble Valley quad bike thefts
3:52pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
QUAD bike owners in the Ribble Valley were the vicitms of a spate of thefts.
Seven quad bikes have been reported missing from farms in Bolton-by-Bowland, Slaidburn and Tosside and the police are still looking into whether the incidents are related.
During the latest theft in Bolton-by-Bowland, police said the offenders pushed three quad bikes through a field and over a metal fence.
In another case, a quad bike was stolen while the farmer was busy in a field.
Among those stolen was a dark green Yamaha Grizzley 350, a red HYMOTO 300 4x4, a red Honda TR 420 and a child’s Kolt 100cc.
In Slaidburn, the offenders entered an open outbuilding while the owners were away.
Community beat manager PC Anthony Walsh said: “The theft of quad bikes from rural farms is a problem that is on the increase with five reported offences over the past few weeks.
“I would urge people to remain vigilant and to report anybody or any vehicles acting suspiciously in the area to police.
“In the most recent offence, we believe the offenders have actually pushed the stolen quad bikes through a field in order to reach a vehicle.
“We’d urge anybody that is not already signed up to Farmwatch or Ruralwatch to do so and help us in the fight against rural crime.
“I’d urge all owners of quad bikes to have them fitted with trackers where possible and Cesar data tag.
“It is not known if the quad bikes are being deliberately targeted for sale or if they are being broken down into parts.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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