Two suspected plant machinery thieves were thwarted by police who got them in handcuffs after a brief pursuit.
Officers spotted a tipper van believed to have been stolen and displaying false plates on the outskirts of Newark after it had passed an automatic number plate recognition camera. The van was towing a trailer carrying a mini road roller.
They followed the van as it headed along Lincoln Road towards the town centre but it failed to stop. As it reached the junction of Park Crescent and Winthorpe Road the driver and passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle, which rolled into a tree, and tried to run off but they were quickly caught and arrested.
Enquiries revealed the van had been stolen from a company in Mansfield on 10 August and the road roller had been reported as stolen from an address in Newark Road, Lincoln. Stolen tools were also recovered from the van.
The suspects, who were arrested shortly before 11.30am yesterday, remain in custody.
One of them, a 35-year-old man, was detained on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop and dangerous driving. He is also being questioned in connection with a series of local shop thefts. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
Detective Inspector Nick Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These excellent arrests and recovery of stolen machinery and tools were thanks to some really good team work. I hope this good result reassures our communities how seriously we treat rural crime such as plant and vehicle theft which can have a huge financial impact on victims.
“We are continuing to work with regional forces, farmers and rural communities to drive down rural crime and as this case shows we will relentlessly pursue those believed to be responsible for these types of crimes and bring them to justice.
“As a force we have also had previous success in locating and recovering stolen vehicles through the use of trackers and been able to quickly return them to their owners.
“Information and intelligence from local communities also plays a key role in the fight against rural crime. Every piece of information helps us build up a picture and could prove vital in bringing criminals to justice so I’d urge members of the public to please report anything suspicious to us by calling Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999.”