Two men jailed after investigation into cloned tractors

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TWO men have been jailed for a total of four years six months following an investigation into the cloning of stolen tractors.

Edward Harrison, 26, of High Street, High Bentham, was jailed for 35 months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods, fraud by false misrepresentation and making false statements. Stuart Cartmell, 47, of Carnforth, Capenwray was jailed for 19 months after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods and making false statements.

A third man Adam Kirk, 37, of Halton Park, Halton, Lancaster, was given an eight month sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to handling stolen goods.

All three men were sentenced at Preston Crown Court this afternoon (Thursday 17 February).

This relates to an investigation by Lancashire Constabulary’s Stolen Vehicle Squad into the cloning of stolen tractors in the Carnforth area between May 2009 and January 2010. During this period, tractors and livestock trailers were brought to Harrison and Cartmell at a time when tractors and livestock trailers were being stolen in West Yorkshire and other parts of Northern England. Harrison and Cartmell changed the identities of these stolen vehicles in a sophisticated and organised manner which also involved misuse of the DVLA.

DS Simon Ingham from Lancashire Constabulary’s Stolen Vehicle Squad said: “I welcome these sentences as they reflect the seriousness of the crime. Without the handler there is no theft and this type of crime seriously undermines the economy and causes misery and distress to farmers and people connected with the livestock industry.”