Farmers in Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to paint their machinery batteries pink after a spate of thefts in the area.

Officers from Cambridgeshire Constabulary have launched a “paint it pink” campaign following 108 battery thefts between March and May from farmyards across the county.

The police are also suggesting that farmers should mark all their batteries with their postcodes in a bid to stop thieves in their tracks.

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PC Sam Thompson said: “We’re asking farmers to paint their batteries pink and etch each one with their postcode.

“Meanwhile, officers have been visiting scrap yards and recycling centres advising staff not to accept pink or marked batteries without a driving licence or similar photo identification with an address linking them to the battery.

“Battery thefts not only cost our farmers hundreds of pounds to replace they disrupt their work and cost their livelihood.”

Members of the public are being urged to report any suspicious behaviour to police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.