Police appeal after stolen van abandoned in village

Police have appealed for information after a stolen van was abandoned in a village last night.

Officers spotted a stolen blue Ford Transit registration number, MV62HWS which was towing a silver Ifor Trailer, at about 11pm last night in the north of the district.

The stolen vehicle and trailer were later abandoned in the Eppleby area.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team,  said he suspected the occupants of the van were looking to steal quad bikes and load them onto the trailer.

He added: “My appeal to you today is firstly to ask that if you are missing a silver Ifor Trailer, or you saw this vehicle and have any evidence to provide for us, then I would appreciate it if you would ring 101 quoting reference number 12230241821 please.

“The reassuring thing about this is, you will all be very pleased to know that we were out on our proactive patrols trying our best to keep the more rural parts as safe as possible and on this occasion I really am convinced we prevented more crime occurring.

“Remember, be alert and contact us if you feel something is out of place at any time.”