Farmer offers £1,000 reward after theft

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A WEST Somerset farmer has offered a £1,000 reward for information on thieves or the return of his goods after more than £10,000 worth of property was stolen from his farm on July 31.

“There is stuff going missing on a weekly basis in this area and someone locally must have information about what’s going on,” said Ben Lintott, who posted the reward on Facebook this week.

As reported last week, thieves broke into buildings at Huish Barton Farm near Nettlecombe and stole tools and equipment including a nearly-new 16-foot trailer.

“Similar robberies have taken place locally and and it would seem that equipment is probably being stolen to order,” said Mr Linott.

“The thieves obviously knew what they were looking for and had planned the job beforehand.”

He said that some of the stolen equipment belonged to Philip Bosley, who rented storage space on the farm.

“We have of course reported the robbery to the police, but we decided to offer a reward on Facebook for the return of some or all of the property and/or the apprehension of the perpetrators,” Mr Lintott told the Free Press.

The Facebook post reads: “All information will be treated in the strictest confidence, so grab yourself some of the reward! Someone locally knows something about this.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Mr Lintott on 07973 238731 or Mr Bosley on 07870 659771.

The 23 items stolen from the farm during the night, while Mr Lintott and his family were asleep 50 yards away, included an Ifor Williams LM166 dropside trailer, three nail-guns, three chainsaws, two jigsaws and two strimmers.

Also taken were three starting pistols, fishing tackle, a stereo system, a water pump, atrolley jack and a pressure-washer.

Many of the articles are marked with the initials PCB.

The burglary is being investigated by Avon and Somerset Police who have also appealed to anyone with information to call 101 and give the reference number 5217175802.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Callers could qualify for a reward.

A police spokesman said yesterday (Thursday): “We understand that victims of crime may wish to offer their own reward for information leading to the return of their property.

“We would always encourage victims to discuss a potential reward with the officer in the case, as in some circumstances the phrasing of the reward offer may have a negative impact on any future prosecution.”