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Two men have been found guilty of theft and the dishonest handling of property after a trial in Somerset. They were convicted after pleading guilty to the theft of a number of high value quad bikes, trailers, a 4×4 vehicle and a motorhome with a combined value in excess of £45,000.

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The men, aged 45 and 19 from Bridgewater appeared before Taunton Crown Court for sentencing.  Jeffrey Hughes was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. He was also given an overnight curfew and fitted with an electronic tag. His accomplice, 19 year-old Gareth Hayward, was given 180 hours Community Order and disqualified from driving for 2 years.

Superintendent Dickon Turner, Somerset Commander and Rural Affairs lead, said: “This conviction is a result of hard work by the Sedgemoor neighbourhood team, Rural Affairs Unit and our dedicated burglary officers.

“A thorough, intelligence-led investigation, assisted by members of the Somerset Farmwatch Community, has resulted in the disruption of serious criminal enterprise and enabled the recovery of high value stolen property, which we were pleased to be able to return to its rightful owners.

“We will continue to take a robust approach to pursuing offenders who threaten the well-being and livelihoods of people who live and work in our rural communities.

“We urge the public to continue to report rural thefts, damage and wildlife crimes to us, and tell us about any suspicious behaviour they witness.”

Rural crime is a national problem and Farmers and Landed Estate owners need to be pro-active in crime prevention measures so that they do not become a victim.

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