2 stolen tractors found 26 miles away with false plates

Two stolen tractors worth more than £200,000 have been found with false number plates 26 miles away from the Chorley farm they were taken from.

The two John Deere 6155R tractors were taken from Leigh Farm in Marsh Lane, Brindle overnight on Tuesday (August 28).

Both were recovered at around midday on Wednesday in separate locations.

False plates

The machinery’s owner, Kevin Ormisher told the Lanchasire Post he suspects the theft was carried out by organised criminals.

“They’re worth £200,000 to £250,000. It’s not someone’s push bike, it’s a big amount of money,” he said.

“There’s some damage to the tractors but we’re going to try and get them to our yard as soon as possible.

The number plates have been changed on both of them, registered to tractors from Newbury. The fact they have been changed…it makes me wonder just how organised this is.

A silver 3,500gal Major tandem-axle slurry tanker and a green hook-loader trailer also stolen in the same incident have not yet been found.

“They might have been abandoned somewhere but if someone sees them please get in touch,” Ormisher added.

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on the non-emergency number ‘101’.

Police in Cumbria are also appealing for witnesses after “high-value farm equipment and machinery” was stolen from a farm in Crosthwaite over the Bank Holiday weekend.