Stolen quad bike recovered
08 Jun 2016 12:00 PM[View Full Size]
Vigilant officers in Northumbria have carried out a routine stop and recovered a stolen quad bike.
Two PCs stopped a driver and found the quad bike on his trailer had been reported as stolen in Penrith, Cumbria.
The officers stopped the motorist on North Road in Ponteland at 11.30pm on Thursday, June 2, as part of their routine patrol. When they examined the Honda quad bike and checked the police database they found it was stolen.
Thieves had broken into the shed where it was stored and stolen the bike with the ignition key last month. The driver who had been stopped by police in Ponteland had just bought the bike online in good faith paying £2,000, from a man in Cumbria who claimed he had owned the vehicle for a year. The new owner had the receipt and paperwork on him and was driving the vehicle home when stopped by officers.
Police immediately alerted Cumbria Constabulary and enquiries are being made into the person who sold the quad bike.
Sergeant Dave Blacklock from West Tynedale said: "Incidents like this show the value of good old fashioned police work, stopping and carrying out thorough checks on vehicles.
"Our officers worked closely with their counterparts in Cumbria to carry out enquiries.
"Members of the public are advised to thoroughly check that a vehicle is legitimately owned by the seller, before parting with any hard earned cash.
"We want to remind owners of quad bikes and other vehicles to keep the ignition keys stored safely, separate from any vehicles, to make them less attractive to thieves.
"When buying second hand quad bikes, you need to be careful that you are not buying stolen equipment. If you unknowingly purchase a stolen quad and it is identified as being stolen you are likely to lose the machine and also the money you paid for it. "