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Alert message sent 01/07/2021 11:17:00

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👏👏 A rural community has been praised for their swift actions that helped officers recover a stolen quad bike.
Members of a rural Whatsapp group in Teesdale quickly circulated details of the missing quad after it was taken from a farm last month.
The group tracked the bike to Whorlton where it was abandoned by the rider, Josh Thomas Turton, who was arrested as he attempted to flee the scene and the quad recovered.
The 23-year-old, of Clover Walk, Bolton-Upon-Dearne, Rotherham, was arrested and yesterday pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, having no insurance and failing to stop for police.
He was fined £880, given six penalty points and ordered to pay court and CPS costs.
Inspector Ed Turner said the use of the tool was invaluable for policing the Dales and further praised residents involved in it.
He said: “In this instance the quad bike was recovered just 40 minutes after it was taken, showing how much of an impact our rural communities can have in assisting officers.
“It is a prime example of the excellent work that can be done when communities work with us to help us keep them safe and I would like to thank everyone in the Dales who continues to do just that.”
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Elizabeth Finn (Police, PCSO, Neighbourhood Police Team - Barnard Castle)

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