Diesel thieves drain farm tanks in Norfolk

Police are hunting thieves who stole thousands of pounds worth of red diesel from a farm in Norfolk.

Nine tractors and one fuel bowser were targeted, with a total of 4,650 litres of fuel being stolen.

The theft happened at farm in Woodrising, Breckland, near Dereham, sometime between 6.30pm on Wednesday 25 May and 7am on Thursday 26 May.

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At the time of the theft, the bowser was displaying the registration AO60 TCK.

Officers have urged farmers and landowners to take steps to reduce the theft of fuel from their businesses.

Detective Andy Brown highlighted Norfolk Police’s Operation Randall, an initiative targeting rural crime.

“I would like to encourage people to sign up to Police Connect to highlight their interest in rural crime,” he said.

“This is a messaging service that connects you to the latest policing news via email, text or phone and can give vital information about rural crimes.”

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to DC Andy Brown from Swaffam Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Five tips to reduce fuel theft on farm

  1. Store diesel in a secure fuel tank within a bund and use good-quality locks.
  2. Avoid siting storage tanks in isolated areas such as outlying buildings.
  3. Consider using a mobile bowser that can be removed to a secure place when not in use.
  4. Consider the use of a “diesel dye” that makes your diesel traceable and therefore less attractive to thieves.
  5. Report incidents of suspicious activity, including vehicle details/descriptions of the people involved, to the police
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