Blockades to halt farm 4x4 gangs
Reporter: KEN BENNETT
Date online: 23 July 2014
BELEAGUERED farmers have been advised to set up blockades to stop valuable vehicles being stolen off their land.
The drastic measures have been mooted after a spate of 4x4 thefts across Saddleworth communities.
And the National Farmers Union (NFU) is working closely with Greater Manchester Police in a concerted effort to foil gangs who are damaging livelihoods.
The local NFU branch, part of newly-formed Farm Watch, already has a text-round system to alert members to suspicious activities to help to protect their property.
And in the wake of recent thefts, police are recommending extra security devices including trackers, window etching and Smart Water.
Mike Billing, who represents the NFU’s 40-strong Saddleworth branch, said: “We are being advised to blockade these vehicles at our businesses to prevent thefts.
“These are drastic measures for drastic times. The Land Rovers, particularly in Saddleworth’s terrain, are vital to our businesses. They are workhorses and essential for moving equipment and stock around.
“But blocking vehicles in yards with other farm machinery — trailers and the like — on a daily basis will extend working days even more.”
If you spot anyone acting suspiciously call police on 101.
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