Six people arrested after stolen £50,000 digger brought to a stop on the M25

Six people have been arrested after a digger worth more than GBP50,000 was stolen and taken onto the M25 last night (July 15). At around 5.45pm police received an alert that the large digger – which had been stolen from near Dunstable, Bedfordshire – was in transit along the M25 in Hertfordshire. Specially trained officers from the Mobile Support Team and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit were deployed to the area, where they discovered the digger on the back of a truck, with a black Kia Sedona travelling in convoy.

: Firefighters praised after lorry carrying aerosols caught fire Officers utilised specialist tactics in order to bring both of the vehicles to a safe stop between junction 23 (South Mimms) and junction 24 (Potters Bar) of the M25. While the police carried out the operation traffic was brought to a standstill, with the road fully re-opened by 7.20pm.

Six people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of theft. They all remain in police custody at this time. Officers later conducted a Section 18 search at an address in Wharf Road, Wormley, Broxbourne in connection with the incident, where several more suspected stolen vehicles were recovered.

Inspector Victoria Richards, of the Tactical Resources Team, said: “All vehicles involved have since been recovered. I would like to thank all motorists who were held up on the M25 last night as a result of this operation for their patience. “The temporary road closure allowed us to recover the stolen vehicle and make arrests within an hour of the initial report coming in.”

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