Delays warning as tractors targeted on Doncaster roads

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Tractors on Doncaster’s roads are being targeted by police in a bid to stop a spate of thefts of farm equipment.

Officers are stopping vehicles at the roadside to make sure the drivers are not behind the wheel of a stolen machine.

And they are warning that the clampdown could cause delays to traffic.

Among the latest theft was a raid on a farm at Doncaster Road, Branton, which saw a breaker and a bucket stolen from a digger.

The digger had also been reversed into a wall.

And a tractor stolen from a farm in Westwoodside was recovered by police in Stainforth, Doncaster, after it had been left abandoned last week, it was confirmed.

The vehicle was estimated to be worth around £30,000, according to officers.

Police believe it may have been left because the thieves were unsure as to whether there was any tracking equipment on the vehicle.

Tractors have been stopped so officers can run checks.

Supt Eddie Murphy said the checks could affect traffic and could cause some delays on the roads.

He said: “We will just be trying to clarify that the vehicles have the correct owners.

“There may be some disruption on the roads.

“But I’m sure people will understand that farmers cannot continue to be the victims of this sort of crime.

“Tractors are vital pieces of equipment for farmers.

“If we pull in a tractor or a digger, it may cause some congestion.

“But we need to support the farming community and make sure their vehicles are not taken.”

Tractors are not the only industrial vehicles which have been affected by crime recently.

Police have also put lorry drivers on alert to incidents of theft of fuel which have been reported to them.

Among the most recent incidents of thefts from vehicles was a lorry driver who discovered most of the diesel had been taken from his lorry after he parked up for a rest near the West Moor Link Road, at Armthorpe.

It was the third report of such a theft in a week.

Police say the incidents have tended to happen on the side roads near Doncaster’s motorways.

They have been near the A1 and the A1(M).

A similar incident happened on Sheffield Road, Warmsworth, where the lorry driver disturbed a man as he was taking fuel from his vehicle.