Two men have been charged in connection with a string of rural thefts, with a haul amounting to more than £400,000.
Stephen Robinson, who is 41 and from Wordsworth Avenue, in Wheatley Hill, Durham, and Ashley Fisher, who is 26 and from Dunkeld Close, Hardwick, Stockton, have today been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
They were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into 70 separate offences that happened in the Northumberland, Cumbria and North Yorkshire areas between January and July of this year.
Around £430,000 worth of vehicles, quad bikes and farming equipment were stolen in the burglaries.
The two men have been remanded in custody and will appear at Mid and South East Northumberland Magistrates’ Court, in Bedlington, on Thursday, November 27.
Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “Keeping our rural communities safe is a priority for us. Criminals may see rural areas as easy targets and I want to assure them they are anything but.
“We work with local residents, farmers, landowners and our neighbouring rural forces to stop rural crime and I can reassure the public that this work will continue.”
The charges come during Northumbria Police’s Operation Soundwave, aimed at tackling those suspected of being involved in opportunist crime across the force and promoting crime-prevention advice.