Machinery worth thousands stolen

FARMERS are being urged to be vigilant after equipment worth thousands was taken in a late-night raid.

A mini digger and trailer were stolen from Middle Horsewood Farm in Lumbutts, near Todmorden,

The culprits smashed through a wall and used the trailer to load up other equipment.

Farmer Mick Senior, who is also a builder, said the loss will affect his trade.

“It’s not someone who’s just come up on the off chance. They have come equipped,” he said.

“It’s been well thought out.

“I can’t use the mini digger in my building job now.

“It’s definitely going to have an impact on our business.”

It’s not the first time Mr Senior’s farm has been hit by thieves. Last year a breaker worth £2,000 was stolen.

“We’re going to have to up our security now, which is going to cost several thousands pounds for cameras, lights and monitors,” he said. “But what else can you do you protect your stuff?”

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the theft, overnight on Saturday, October 8, to call them on 0845 6060606.

Inspector Dave Browning, who leads the Upper Valley neighbourhood policing team, urged farmers to ensure their vehicles and equipment are secure, identity marked and, where possible, stored in a locked area such as a garage, barn or outbuilding.

“Remaining vigilant and securing property is the best way of stopping thieves in their tracks,” he added.