FOLLOWING a spate of high value thefts from farms around Cheshire, a team of officers was brought together to investigate the crimes.
The loss of a tractor or other key item of farming machinery can have a profound impact on the livelihood of farmers, especially at this time of year when essential machinery is needed to harvest crops.
Officers from the western and eastern part of the county have been working with the farming community to investigate the thefts and to offer advice and practical assistance on how vehicles and farming equipment can be better protected against theft.
Designated officers are working with the rural community to broaden rural and farm watch schemes in the Chester and Knutsford areas. The scheme in Knutsford currently has in excess of 160 members.
On Thursday, October 23, as a result of police enquiries and information received from the farming community five men were arrested in Middlewich Road, Rudheath in possession of a stolen digger.
Further enquiries resulted in the recovery of a trailer and a pick up stolen from Frodsham and Allostock recently.
All five men have been bailed pending further enquires with strict bail conditions, including a night time curfew 9pm- 6am, reporting everyday to a police station, not to associate with one another and not to go on any farmland.
Anyone who wants more information on how to join their local farm watch or rural watch scheme can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0845 458 6380 to speak with either PC Mike Dawber or PC Mike Nash for Knutsford schemes or for Chester telephone 0845 458 6377 for PC Chris McCourt.
Meanwhile, anyone with any information on any crime can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.