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Driver held after stolen caravan 'driven down road with alarm sounding'

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

By Chris Halll

Lincolnshire Police have thanked a member of the public whose call led to the arrest of a man in connection with the theft of a pick-up and a caravan recovered after a pursuit.

It happened on the A17 when the caravan - with its alarm sounding - was reported as being towed near Heckington.

Police followed it into the south of the county and arrested a 30-year-old Wisbech man who is being questioned today at Grantham Police Station.

"At around 10.55am yesterday we received a report of a man acting suspiciously in the vicinity of a parked caravan in Holbeach St Johns. A Nissan pick-up was also seen in the area," a Lincolnshire Police spokesman said.

"Later at 11.45am an Adria Adiva single axle touring caravan was stolen from a driveway on Cherry Lane in Fleet Hargate.

"The caravan had various locks and security devices including an alarm. A dark coloured pick-up was again seen in the area.

"At just after noon that same day a member of the public reported their suspicions about a Nissan pick-up towing a caravan along the A17 near Heckington towards Newark.

"The alarm was sounding and the vehicle seemed to be in convoy with a Vauxhall Astra van.

"Police patrols converged on the pick-up and caravan, the driver refused to stop.

"The vehicle and caravan was eventually driven off the road down a farm track in the Beckingham area.

"The driver ran away and was arrested nearby with the aid of a police dog.

"The caravan was the one stolen earlier in the day and the Nissan Navara pick-up was stolen in Norfolk on January 21."

The investigating officer is Detective Constable Steve Nesbit of Spalding CID.

He said: "This was a classic example of the public helping the police by calling us with their concerns and suspicions.

"If they had not made the call it is likely that the stolen property would still be outstanding.

"We are very grateful for the intervention of the witness.

"And we rely on information from the public and encourage people to make calls such as this."

Witnesses who saw the police pursuit or anyone with information can call DC Nesbit on 101 quoting incident number 156 of February 27.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111..

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