Land Rover being crushed© North Yorkshire Police

A Land Rover Discovery was crushed after its owner was convicted of using it to damage a farmer’s field.

North Yorkshire Police released images of grinning officers next to the vehicle after it had been destroyed. The force warned the images should act as a deterrent to others thinking of committing similar crimes.

Mark James Hughes, 33, of Eden Street, in Horden, Durham, was ordered to pay the farmer £1,000 in compensation and he was stripped of his Land Rover Discovery following the incident.

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Land Rover being crushed

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Northallerton Magistrates Court heard how he used the Land Rover to drive on to a field in Topcliffe.

It got stuck and buried into the mud to axle depth. Mr Hughes was seen nearby, arrested and later interviewed by officers.

The field was due to be replanted in the near future, but because the vehicle had driven over it, the farmer could no longer drill his crop because of a risk of contaminants, according to police.

Members of the police with crushed car

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Mr Hughes was found guilty of criminal damage and he was also disqualified from driving for six months.

Speaking after the case, PC Arfan Rahouf, of North Yorkshire Police’s rural taskforce, said: “[Mr] Hughes’ thoughtless and reckless actions caused substantial inconvenience and financial loss to a farm business.

“I hope that the crushing of the vehicle, along with the compensation and driving ban, send a very clear message that this behaviour is absolutely unacceptable to North Yorkshire’s rural communities, and police will deal with such incidents robustly.”