There has been a string of crimes in the East Cornwall area over the past fortnight.

Six rural crimes have been reported since January 7, involving joyriding a tractor, theft and vandalism.

Trespassers started a tractor on private land near Crowdy Reservoir and drove it into a shed, causing significant damage. They then went on to vandalise the tractor before making off. This is thought to have taken place between 9pn on Wednesday, January 13 and 4am on Friday, January 15.

In the St Breward area a red Honda Fourtrax 350 quad bike with a blue basket (pictured below) and a galvanised six foot by four foot Wessex trailer with a cracked rear light were stolen between 7pm on Saturday, January 16 and 9am the following morning.

South West Farmer: One of the stolen quad bikesOne of the stolen quad bikes

In the early hours of Thursday, January 14 thieves attempted to steal a red Honda quad bike from a farm in the Advent area.

It's not just quad bikes that have been targeted.

A barn at Linkinhorne, Callington, was broken into and a lawnmower and black diesel generator were stolen during the night of Friday, January 15.

Earlier in the month, heating oil was stolen from a tank in Altarnum during the night on Thursday, January 7.

During the small hours of Wednesday, January 13, a farm near Camelford had offenders enter a garage, outbuilding and shed.

Devon and Cornwall Police are reminding farmers to secure their buildings, vehicles and machinery.

They are asking anyone with information on these crimes to contact them by emailing call 101 or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.