A Ford tractor stolen from a farm near Sherborne has been found - crashed - in Somerset.

The blue Ford 5610 tractor with the registration C381 HMR was stolen from a farm in the Oborne area between 7pm and 11.30pm on Monday, September 27.

It was found crashed in Green Lane in East Coker, Somerset, at around 11.30pm.

South West Farmer: The stolen tractor. Picture: Dorset PoliceThe stolen tractor. Picture: Dorset Police

Police Constable Sebastian Haggett, of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team, said: “The theft of farm machinery not only proves costly for farmers to replace, it can also have huge impacts on the day to day running of farms.

“We are carrying out a full investigation into this incident and I would appeal for anyone with information that might assist our enquiries, including anyone who captured anything of relevance on dashcam footage, to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210156561.

Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

Farmers and rural business owners can arrange a crime prevention visit with Dorset Police Rural Crime Team by emailing ruralcrimeteam@dorset.pnn.police.uk.