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Men jailed after stealing farm machinery worth over €118,000

Three men have been sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to steal more than £100,000 (€118,000) worth of plant and farm machinery.

Ricky Evans, 43, from Minera, Wrexham received 3 years 3 months, Shane Jones, 30, from Brynteg, Wrexham, 2 years 4 months and John Price, 29, from Telford 2 years appeared before Caernarfon Crown Court on January 31st.

A mechanical digger, a tractor and hedge cutter, a quad bike, trailers and other farming equipment were taken across North Wales, Cheshire, West Mercia and Dyfed Powys between October 2017 and November 2018.

Rural crime

DS Chris Jones said; “North Wales along with other similar geographical areas is a regular target for rural crime.”

“Organised groups of criminals prey on the vulnerability and trust which exists in our communities.”

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“They plan and travel extensively to commit these crimes, often to order, and move the stolen property across Britain and beyond.

“These sentences show that we will pursue such groups to recover stolen property, prosecute individuals and seize assets to help make North Wales the safest place in the UK,” Jones concluded.

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