Stolen trailer found – Somerton

On Friday 4 February, officers from Avon & Somerset Police were conducting a routine visit. They were at a property near Somerton to complete a signup to the Farmwatch scheme. Whilst there they recognised a trailer which matched the description of one stolen in east Somerset in May last year. With the permission of the farm owner, the trailer was examined and confirmed as the stolen item. Enquiries to locate those responsible for the theft are ongoing.

The stolen farm trailer has been returned to its owner by officers from the Avon & Somerset Rural Affairs Unit. PCSO Michael Storey noted: “The victim of the theft was very pleased to have the stolen property returned. Theft, burglary and criminal damage are the most commonly reported crimes in rural areas. They can have a significant impact on farmers’ livelihoods. This case demonstrates the importance of ensuring property is clearly marked. Then if it is stolen, it can be identified and returned if recovered.

Farm Watch and Horse watch schemes are initiatives unique to Avon & Somerset. The schemes have several thousand members. They play a key role in this strategy, enabling the community to be the ‘eyes and ears’ for the Police. They contribute vital intelligence which has played a key role in bringing offenders to justice.

To sign up for either scheme, visit https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/farm-watch/ or https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/apply/horse-watch/

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