Man held over farm raid

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A MAN has been arrested after thousands of pounds of tools were stolen from a Northumberland farm.

Police were called to a farm in the Stannington area on Tuesday after thieves broke in and stole various tools and equipment, including a generator, strimmers, air compressors and a power washer.

Later that day, officers on patrol in the Wooperton area of Alnwick spotted a suspicious white transit van in the area and followed it to Fenrother, near Morpeth, where it was stopped.

Inside they found a quad bike, farming equipment and tools.

All of the items are believed to have been stolen from Northumberland farms, including the Stannington premises.

A 21-year-old man from County Durham was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Detective Inspector Steve Patrick said: “We’ve seen a number of high-value thefts of quad bikes, farm equipment and tools from farms and the rural areas of Northumberland of late and this arrest should reassure the public that we’re taking action.

“We’re following up inquiries into this offence and the others we’ve suffered recently, and with the public’s continued help, we will continue to crack down on those who come into Northumberland to commit crimes.”

Officers are carrying out extra patrols around farms.

Anyone who spots suspicious vehicles, people or behaviour should contact police on 03456 043043, ext 69191, or dial 999 in an emergency.