Spate of tractor thefts in Wisbech area could be the work of organised gang

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POLICE suspect that an organised gang may be behind a spate of tractor thefts in the Wisbech area, after four Massey Ferguson machines went missing in a week.

Insp Mick Bates from Downham Market said: “This is too much of a coincidence. We think this is an organised gang, and one theory is that the tractors are being shipped abroad.

“We know a number of tractors and cars are taken abroad, and have alerted the ports to be on the look out.”

A vintage tractor was stolen from a barn at St John’s Fen End on Wednesday February 13; and a tractor was taken from a field in Old Church Road, Terrington St John overnight between February 7-8.

A third tractor was stolen overnight between February 5-6, at Green Lane in Wisbech.


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Thieves loaded up a tractor and trailer with tools at a horticultural nursery in Wisbech Road at Outwell between February 9 and 11, but abandoned them when the tractor failed to start. Instead, they stole another tractor.

Insp Bates said: “I would urge farmers to take all the security measures they can with their tractors. Never leave the keys in the ignition, and keep them out of sight if possible.

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“We want farmers to let us know if they see any suspicious activity on their farm, we are interested in any sort of intelligence.”

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