Five diggers stolen from across Devon and Cornwall found in Essex

Multiple stolen diggers have been located by police around 300 miles away. Five excavators from the Devon and Cornwall area were found on a Heavy Goods Vehicle, displaying false plates, in the Essex area. Devon and Cornwall Police contacted the Essex Police on Friday afternoon, September 4, alerting them to the theft of the diggers, believed to be in the force area.

An off duty police officer found the stolen property inside the HGV and called the Essex Roads Policing Specials to assist with the incident.

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Essex Police SVIU [stolen vehicle examiner], tweeted: “Contacted yesterday PM by DC_Police about the theft of 5 x excavators from their area. “Last night I found them inside this HGV on false plates laid up! “Thanks to EP_RPU_Specials for assisting as I was off duty at the time with EPHannahGerrish, EssexPoliceUK, ACCAndyProphet.”

It comes as police in Devon and Cornwall had a busy night. Four Plymouth police officers were assaulted on a “crazy mad” shift last night as the number of incidents in Devon and Cornwall topped 1,215 before the day ended. One Devon and Cornwall Police officer working in Plymouth revealed the custody suite was “full up” after encountering “buffoons unable to behave” and a man wanted for a “nasty” knife crime.

Plymouth Police Response Section E tweeted that four officers were assaulted throughout the shift in Plymouth, but “thankfully none of those injuries were serious”. The section E team said: “It’s been a busy shift tonight. We hit over 1215 logs before midnight across the force.

“Four officers have also been assaulted throughout the shift in Plymouth alone. Thankfully none of those injuries were serious.” PC Jon Hitt said the shift was “crazy” and “mad”.

He said: “A crazy, mad shift working with A Section NHT which saw us issue no less than seven individual directions to leave to buffoons unable to behave, around six arrests for a variety of offences and a guy we spotted wanted for a nasty knife crime.

“Custody was full up.”

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