Stolen trailer worth £2k recovered in crack down on rural crime

Stolen trailer worth £2k recovered in crack down on rural crime

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Lucy Elder

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Stolen trailer worth £2k recovered in crack down on rural crime

A stolen trailer worth around £2,000 was seized by police on Friday afternoon as part of an operation in Bath Road at Knowl Hill.

The operation was part of '100 Days of Action', Thames Valley Police's clampdown on rural crime.

The 'catch of the day' was reported stolen in Surrey in 2005 and inquiries are now underway.

"We are really pleased with that," said PC Howard Rose, who was leading the operation.

The team used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in the operation and a representative from  security marking firm Datatag was also on hand.

They stopped around ten vehicles of 'real interest' in the targeted event across the afternoon.

"A lot of them were fine, we were quite selective," said PC Rose.

Police from Windsor and Maidenhead have been taking part in action days across the area all week as part of the '100 Days of Action'.

The weekend marked the end of the force's action days for Windsor and Maidenhead, but PC Rose added that they will continue to tackle rural crime.

Other operations undertaken as part of the action days include a mobile police unit spending the day at Windsor Farm Shop in Datchet Road informing people about metal thefts and general home security.

A unit also visited the Gravity Grand Prix in Cookham Dean on Sunday.

On Thursday, police and representatives from the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) carried out checks on vehicles travelling on the A4 to tackle metal thefts, which are sometimes linked to rural crime.

One vehicle they pulled over was found to have no insurance and on further inspection was also found to be un-roadworthy and was seized.

Officers from Windsor and Maidenhead were also due to join rangers in Windsor Great Park on Saturday evening with members of the mounted police from Milton Keynes.

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