Mini dumper truck found inside stolen van after police stop on A1
Three police forces teamed up to search for a van only to discover a stolen one tonne dumper truck inside. The van and building equipment were recovered within an hour of being stolen from a building site in Market Harborough on Sunday. Officers from Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire joined forces to pursue the van and to stop it at about 8.30pm on the A1 in Nottinghamshire.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle after they were made aware that a stolen Ford Transit was heading up the A1 and travelling through Nottinghamshire. “The van was also believed to be towing a trailer, and these are thought to have been stolen from a building site in the Market Harborough area of Leicestershire just after 7.30pm on Sunday (25 April 2021).
“Nottinghamshire officers tracked the van and a plan was put in place to stop it, assisted by colleagues from bordering Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. “A tactical pursuit took place just after 8.30pm and police successfully brought the van to a stop.
When they searched the vehicle, they discovered a mini digger inside, which was also reported to have been stolen.” Leicestershire Police’s Roads Policing Unit (RPU) tweeted: “Another great stop overnight. RPU crew locate this stolen van and plant.
With the assistance of Notts and Lincs officers, sting, stop and recover all stolen goods. Plus arrest suspects. Great team work across three forces.”
Rural police unit located this stolen van and plant. With the assistance of Notts & Lincs officers, sting, stop and recovered all the stolen goods (Image: Leicestershire Police)
Detective chief inspector Kim Binns, of Nottinghamshire Police, praised the teamwork between the three forces. He said: “This was a great piece of joint working between officers which resulted in a vehicle being stopped and stolen goods being recovered.
“Police were made aware that a stolen vehicle had travelled into Nottinghamshire and they were quick to act on this intelligence. They were able to locate the vehicle and track it shortly after. “This swift and joint response is extremely important, especially where vehicles are concerned, as they can cover a lot of ground and travel through different areas in a short amount of time.
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He is due to appear at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court on June 25.
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