A mini digger was stolen from a garden in Ruddington after thieves broke down security fencing, reversed their van and loaded the machinery in before making off.
The victim confronted a man who reportedly armed himself with a plank of wood and scaffolding poles struck the man to the back, whilst the other offender continued to load the digger into the van.
Tactical pursuit officers moved quickly to search the area and located the vehicle, which was spotted on the A46 northbound driving dangerously, nearly mounting a grass verge.
The van’s tyres were punctured by a stinger device which was deployed across the carriageway to stop the van with the digger inside at the Farndon roundabout.
The man in his 40s suffered a fractured arm after trying to intervene and taken to hospital for treatment, meanwhile a woman had a brick thrown at her.
Detective Inspector Mark Shaw is leading the investigation. He said: “This was a great bit of teamwork by officers and control room staff and I am delighted that we were able to bring this pursuit to a successful and safe conclusion.
“A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, as we believe the van was also stolen. He remains in police custody.
“This is a horrible incident in broad daylight where the victim had the machinery outside the property as they are having building work done. They were disturbed by the offenders and tried to challenge them. Sadly one man suffered injuries to his arm, not thought to be life altering.
“We believe a Renault Megane car was driving in convoy with the van, so we are keen to speak to anyone who has any information or saw anything suspicious in the Loughborough Road in Ruddington area last night at around 6.30pm.
“It’s believed the car travelled southbound at Newark after the van was stopped.
“If you have any information please call 101, quoting incident number 583 of 28 April 2021.”
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry also praised officers and urged the public to continue to report incident likes these as they happen to give police the best opportunity to recover stolen vehicle and make arrests.
He said: “There has been an ongoing problem with thefts in and around the rural villages across Rushcliffe.
“Our main concern has been theft and burglary of machinery, off road vehicles and power tools taken overnight from rural villages and locations including farms and businesses.
“The Rushcliffe Reacher team and the local neighbourhood officers continue to work hard as part of Op Sahara to solve this problem and we are asking for local residents to support in reporting your concerns to us.
“Local residents will also see us out and about patrolling across the area and acting on any information we receive. Again, we would urge you to contact us. We need your help in reporting your concerns as soon as you spot them.
“We are committed to delivering quality policing to our rural communities and apprehending those who chose to target rural areas to commit crime.
“If you see anything suspicious in your area please call report this immediately by calling our control room on 101.”