Officers are appealing for information after they responded to a report of a stolen tractor and subsequent dangerous driving in the Dorchester area.

Dorset Police received a report at 11.41pm on Sunday 26 May 2024 that a yellow JCB Fastrac tractor with a trailer had been stolen from the Martinstown area.

Officers were deployed to the area and the vehicle was subsequently seen driving on the A37 north of Dorchester before travelling on a number of rural roads in the Dorchester and Piddle Valley area.

It was reported that the vehicle failed to stop for police on several occasions and continued travelling along roads in the Dorchester area overnight.

It was subsequently stopped in the area of Bradford Peverell at around 7.45am on Monday 27 May 2024 and a teenage boy was arrested in connection with the incident.

Superintendent Gavin House, of Dorset Police, said: “Officers responded swiftly to this incident and worked overnight to ensure any reported risks to other road users were minimised and the incident was brought to a safe conclusion.

“We are carrying out a full investigation into this matter and I would appeal to any witnesses to the manner of driving of this tractor, and particularly anyone who has captured relevant dashcam footage, to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting incident number 26:599. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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