Police stumbled across a “£110k tractor” parked near the entrance of a supermarket with its engine running.
Dorset Police found the vehicle, left unaccompanied, outside Tesco in Blandford.
A spokesperson said: “When we visited Tescos in Blandford, we didn’t expect to find a £110k tractor parked up near the entrance with its engine running and no one with it.”
“We soon located the driver leaving Tesco with a meal deal. There is absolutely no reason to leave the engine running in these circumstances.”
“Quitting is a fine-able offence; we would like to raise awareness to the risks of doing this. To prevent thefts, accidents, and injuries. Imagine if someone had taken it the damage they could have done and the risks to everyone is not worth thinking about.”
‘Words of advice’
The police spokesperson confirmed that the tractor driver was not given a fixed penalty.
“The driver was out of sight of the tractor, which was running for several minutes.”
“When he returned, we pointed out the risks to him. He now fully understands the consequences so, under the circumstances, he was given words of advice.” the spokesperson concluded.