Bungling thieves crash digger into waterlogged ditch near Portishead

PUBLISHED: 17:45 28 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:51 28 February 2017

The mini digger left abandoned. Picture: Port of Bristol Police.

The mini digger left abandoned. Picture: Port of Bristol Police.


Bungling thieves tried to steal a mini digger from a North Somerset farm, but had to abandon it in a ditch after it got stuck.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the raid of Court House Farm in Portbury, near Royal Portbury Dock Road.

It occurred between 5pm yesterday (Monday) and 9am this morning (Tuesday).

A police spokesman said: “They drove the digger over a fence to access the old Portishead to Bristol railway track, and then headed towards Portishead, going under the road bridge that leads into the Portbury docks.

“They then attempted to enter a field adjacent to the Portbury Hundred near the M5 junction 19 roundabout, but became stuck in a waterlogged ditch.

“The thieves used another vehicle to smash through the gate into the field where the digger was stuck, in an attempt to tow it out. Again they were defeated in their criminal activity by the ground conditions in the field.”

Witnesses to the crime are now being urged to come forward.

The police spokesman added: “We are hoping that someone driving in the area during the above times, may have seen the digger on its journey, or the activity in the field on the Portbury Hundred.

“It is likely that at some point a trailer to transport the stolen digger, was left in the gateway entrance, on the bend, just before the M5 junction roundabout.”

* Anyone with information about the Port of Bristol Police on 01275 375787 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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