Hope Valley and Chapel quad owners urged to up security

Police hunt armed robber
Police hunt armed robber

Quad bike owners in Hope Valley and Chapel-en-le-Frith are being encouraged to up their security following recent thefts.

Sometime overnight between 9pm on Monday, November 2 and 6.30am the following morning, thieves entered an insecure outbuilding at a farm in Nether Booth, Edale.

Once inside, they made off with a red coloured Honda 450 quad bike and two red Raleigh mountain bikes. Horse tack, tools and two waterproof Barbour jackets were also stolen.

In addition, a green coloured quad bike has also been stolen from inside a bolted barn at a farm in Chapel-en-le-Frith. Four men were believed to drive onto the land, before taking the quad and heading back along Sheffield Road.

And police have also received reports of two quad bikes being stolen from farm premises in Wormhill, Buxton. These are believed to have been taken on the evening of Wednesday, October 28.

Following the incidents, officers from the area’s Safer Neighbourhood teams, are encouraging quad owners to take steps to further protect their valuables from thieves.

PC Graham Mason from the Hope Valley, Chapel and Chinley Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “Following the recent quad thefts we are encouraging motorists and residents living in the rural, farming communities to be extra vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to us so that we can help to stop criminals in their tracks.

“Don’t make it easy for thieves. Make sure that you secure and immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use and store them away in a secure building, with a quality lock. Also, consider using heavy duty locks and chains to further secure the vehicle inside a barn or garage.

“Ensure that any vehicle or building keys are kept out of sight and always mark property with a fluid such as SmartWater to deter thieves and help us to return any items that are stolen and later recovered.

“Restrict access to your farm land and property with locked gates and ensure that any outbuildings are also properly secure.”

For further crime prevention advice, or to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101.

Anyone with any information about the above crimes is asked to call police on 101, quoting the crime number mentioned above. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.