Two charged over quad bike theft

POLICE have charged two men with theft and seized a stolen quad bike in north Northumberland.

At 11.40am, on Wednesday, March 14, police received a call from a member of the public in Akeld reporting two men acting suspiciously and loading a quad bike into the back of a Transit van.

Officers responded and stopped the Transit van in Longframlington. They searched the vehicle and found the quad in the rear.

Enquiries were carried out and the quad bike had been reported stolen from a farm in the Akeld area.

The two men were arrested and the quad bike and Transit van seized by police.

Northumberland Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “This shows how important it is for our rural communities to report any suspicious behaviour to us as soon as they can.

“Thanks to the quick actions of the member of the public who spotted the men with the quad bike we were able to investigate and make arrests.

“Criminals are travelling into Northumberland to commit crimes. We want to make life as difficult as we can for them, to do this we need the public’s help.”

Terry Barber, 22, of Station Town, Durham, and Dean Barber, 28, of North Road West, Wingate, Durham, have been charged with theft and will appear at Berwick Magistrates Court on March 29.