Nottinghamshire Police has appealed for information regarding the damaging of crops from quad bikes on a farm in North Nottinghamshire.

The Nottinghamshire rural crime team said the farm has suffered “thousands of pounds of damage to the crops which will not grow back”.

Source: NottsRuralCops/X

The force said the farm is having “ongoing issues” with quad bikes driving through and damaging the crops.

Rural roads

Earlier this week, rural insurer NFU (National Farmers Union) Mutual announced plans for a Code for Countryside Roads after the latest figures revealed deaths on rural roads to be 72% higher than urban roads.

The new code aims to combat rural road deaths, which have risen to a four-year high. There were 1,017 deaths on rural roads in 2022- up 14% on 2021.

NFU Mutual said accidents on rural roads are around four times more likely to result in a fatality.

In 2022, an average of one in every 31 accidents (1017 of 31395) on rural highways resulted in a death, compared to one in every 120 (593 of 71151) on urban roads.

The new rural road safety campaign, supported by THINK!, British Cycling, the British Horse Society and the four UK farming unions aims to raise awareness of the “unique hazards” to rural road users.

Announcing the plans for a Code for Countryside Roads, NFU Mutual chief executive, Nick Turner said:

“Rural roads are not only the arteries of the rural economy, but also the gateway to our countryside and a source of enjoyment for millions.

“Sadly, our analysis shows that, after a few years of decreasing fatalities, rural roads are becoming more deadly again. Over 1,000 people lost their lives on rural roads last year, with thousands more injured.

“Every road death is one too many, and we believe serious conversations need to happen to make rural roads safer for everyone.”