A family farming business in Lancashire is appealing for help from the public to recover their two stolen tractors.
Thieves struck at Stirzaker House Farm in Barnacre, Garstang, stealing two John Deere tractors in the early hours of 22 March.
The thieves broke through gates where one of the tractors was parked and locked in the silage clamp.
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The tractors are a John Deere 6920, registration number PN05 OJZ and a Deere 6430, with registration HY08 FGK.
Hi Steven, two JD tractors stolen 22/3 from Barnacre Garstang heading down Whitingham Lane towards Goosnarghin the early hours one from Myerscough last night, and a JD solen from Woodplumpton a few weeks ago Please share
— Bob (@rpickavance) March 24, 2018
Appealing on Facebook for help, farmer’s daughter Lucy Barton said: “Please, if anyone has seen anything suspicious or caught anything on camera, or knows of any information in regards to seeing them or hearing people talk about seeing them, please get in touch with us.”
The 6920 has stickers all around the cab, a single chrome air horn on the left-hand side of the roof and two brand-new Ecco vision alert beacons.
The 6430 has a front John Deere loader, a missing left hand door no front mudguards and no mirrors.
The latest tractor thefts comes just weeks after a John Deere 6930 tractor, registration PN09 MYS, was stolen from a farm in nearby Preston.
John Deere 6930 registration PN09 MYS stolen from farm near Preston #Lancashire Can you help police trace this tractor? Have you been offered it on the cheap? Call 101 with any info. Please #RT #farmcrime #ruralcrime #tractortheft #tractors https://t.co/5t4FWq0971
— Farmers Weekly (@FarmersWeekly) March 8, 2018
Farm owner John Barton told the Lancashire Evening Post: “It just hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s been very hard to take in.
“The thieves obviously knew what they were coming for – they broke in and were ready and equipped.
“I’ve lived at this farm for 10 years and we’ve never had anything like this happen before. It’s usually a very nice place to live.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lucy Barton on 07791 942 296 or John Barton on 07837 841 764, or the police on 101.