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Stolen digger recovered after being spotted by a member of the public

A stolen digger was recovered by police after it was spotted by a member of the public being loaded onto a trailer.

Police were called just before 6:15 am this morning when the bright yellow machine was spotted on Memorial Avenue, Worksop.

Officers quickly got behind a van that was towing the trailer away and followed it along Blyth Road.

The vehicle was stopped minutes later on the A1. A suspect immediately fled the vehicle but was tracked down and detained after an extensive search.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. He remains in police custody.

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The digger has been recovered by police along with a stolen van.

Sergeant Gregory Saxelby, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was as a great bit of work by response officers from Bassetlaw who very quickly responded to this report.

“Thanks to the vigilance of a member of the public were able to recover this very valuable machine and arrest a suspect within a matter of minutes.

“I would like to thank them for their quick-thinking and would also urge others to contact the police when they see this type of suspicious behaviour. We will respond and your call may very well lead us to a crime in progress.

“Tackling this kind of crime, which is often focussed on more rural areas, is a priority for us and we are currently working hard to catch offenders and prevent thefts from happening.”

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident 55 of 5 October 2020.

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