Company head praises quick action on theft

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The chairman of Nene Potatoes, Long Sutton, has praised the actions of a man which led to a stolen tractor worth about £30,000 being recovered.

Mark Tinsley said the “good sense” of the man who called police when he saw the tractor after it was taken from Nene Potatoes’ site at Grange Farm, Whaplode St Catherine, was an example of how rural crime could be tackled.

The tractor was stolen last Wednesday night but recovered a day later and a Wisbech man, John Devlin (38), has been charged in connection with the theft.

Mr Tinsley said: “A man saw the tractor in Whaplode Drove and had the intelligence to recognise that it was unusual for it to be driven at that time of night.

“He got on to us very quickly and also had the good sense to ring the police who apprehended the driver and the tractor.

“We’re giving the man a small reward for doing what he did and I’d encourage people to report things that look suspicious, even if they may not seem significant.

“If we can reduce the amount of thefts going on at farms, it will reduce the level of insurance premiums we have to pay out.”