A 31-year-old man from Oxford Road, Gerrard’s Cross has been sentenced to six and a half months in prison for stealing a cattle trailer as well as driving while disqualified and without third party insurance.

Edward Conory was witnessed hitching up a cattle trailer from a farm on the A355 and driving away with it around 2:53p.m on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

Approximately 14 minutes later Police officers located the trailer attached to a green Fiat Sedici parked in a layby on Copperkins Lane; however, two people fled the vehicles and ran off before they could be detained.

The vehicle was found to be displaying false registration plates and the trailer was positively identified by the farmer as the one stolen.

During a subsequent forensic examination of the vehicle, a fingerprint was found on a window which was matched to Conory.

Then on Monday, February 7, this year, officers on patrol in Slough were overtaken by a Blue VW Touran. The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified himself as Conory – and he did not hold a driver’s licence.

Conroy was arrested and subsequently charged at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Tuesday, February 8.

Investigating officer, PC Matt Cumming of the Neighbourhood Policing team, based at Amersham police station, said: “This case involved a very brazen theft of a cattle trailer from a working farm.

“These crimes have a huge impact on our rural communities and we are pleased to have been able to secure a conviction and custodial sentence in this case.

“I would like to reassure the farming community that Thames Valley Police take these offences seriously and we will continue to strive to bring a stop to this type of offending.”