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Steam whistle stolen from Thirsk farm


3:26pm 20th October 2011

Police in Thirsk are investigating after a steam engine whistle was stolen from a local farm.

The whistle was taken from the back of an articulated trailer in an isolated area of Dalton Cottage Farm, along with half-a-ton of phosphorised bronze sometime between 24th September 2011 and Tuesday 18th October 2011, when the theft was discovered.

The steam whistle, which is valued at around £1000, is approximately 10-12 inches tall, with an operating lever attached.

The bronze, which is valued at £1600, is of varying lengths, between one and three feet long, and three inches thick. Some of the lengths are solid and others are hollow.

Officers investigating the incident are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

PC Duncan Pears, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Patrol, said:

“This incident occurred at an isolated location, however it is possible that someone may have seen some suspicious activity in the area over the past couple of weeks.

“The stolen items are quite distinctive, particularly the steam engine whistle, and I am appealing to anyone who may have been offered some similar items for sale recently to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone, who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact PC Duncan Pears, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Patrol, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110177021.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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