Officers recover fuel pump which may have been used to steal fuel from farms

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Police have recovered a fuel pump which they believe was used to steal fuel from farms.

Officers found the pump in a field in Woodplumpton, near Clifton Dairies, when a member of FarmWatch reported it to police after an alert was issued through the crime prevention scheme.

There have been at least eight crimes so far this year in the Woodplumpton and Catforth area where a fuel pump has been used to drain heating oil from houses and diesel from vehicles.

Police are now investigating whether this pump is linked to the recent thefts.

PCSO David Reid said: “This is just one example of where FarmWatch has successfully been used to assist with putting a stop to crime.

“The scheme basically works as a two-way network allowing us to directly communicate with the farming community quickly and effectively. We alert farms to suspicious activity and they can also let us know of anything that they are concerned about.

“We have decided to extend FarmWatch to cover the whole of Preston, so if you live on a farm in the area, I would encourage you to sign up.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the pump but inquiries are ongoing.