Two men have been arrested for a spate of thefts from farms in Wiltshire.

Police were called shortly before 2am on May 10 by a member of the public who reported that someone was attempting to steal a flatbed trailer from Lukers Farm in Grittenham near Malmesbury.

The owner followed the suspect’s blue Ford Galaxy which was towing the trailer before the thieves stopped, unhitched it and drove away.

Later that morning at 7.45am police then received a related report of someone who had taken items from a van in a barn at Weir Farm in Broad Hinton, before making off in a Ford Galaxy that matched the description of the earlier vehicle.

After this, police received a further call relating to the same vehicle from a member of the public in Turnbull Mews Chiseldon who was reporting a driver who appeared to be intoxicated behind the wheel.

Police found and stopped the car at 8.45am near Bridge End Road in Swindon.

A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft.

A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of two counts of theft and criminal damage.

He was further arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

Inspector Ben Huggins said: “This is a great result and was the result of some excellent teamwork leading to the arrest of these two suspects who are thought to have been behind a number of offences overnight and appeared determined to avoid arrest.”