A farmer played a key role in the arrest of two men who attempted to steal quad bikes from his farm in the UK.
The vigilant farmer spotted suspicious activity on his land on Monday (June 29th) morning.
He followed the two suspects into nearby fields, while another family member called North Yorkshire Police on 999, just before 7.20am.
Police officers, including a police dog, attended immediately, arriving within 15 minutes – and arrested two men, aged 24 and 17.
The 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.
Gloves, a spanner and a knife were seized from the 17-year-old suspect, according to a statement from North Yorkshire Police.
“He was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, burglary, going equipped for theft and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.”
“On examining the scene – a farm north of Northallerton – it was established that a secure garage had been broken into, and tools and two quad bikes removed.”
The quad bikes – both Honda vehicles with unique agricultural attachments – were located nearby.
“Unfortunately, they had been damaged, and may cost hundreds of pounds to repair.”
Both suspects were taken into custody and interviewed. They were released on bail while police enquiries continue.
“Both have been given bail conditions not to enter North Yorkshire for any reason, other than answering bail.”
Report suspicious activity
Speaking earlier this year, Inspector Matt Hagen, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “Quite apart from its monetary value, the loss of a quad can have a significant impact on a farm or other rural business – particularly in these difficult times, when farmers really cannot afford any further disruption.”
He encouraged members of the public to report suspicious activity. “Any piece of information could help us build up a picture and bring criminals to justice.” he concluded.