Land Rover and vehicle parts stolen from villages near Grantham

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Police are warning owners of Land Rovers and other 4X4 vehicles to be vigilant following a series of thefts over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Lincolnshire Police is investigating the theft of doors and seats from a Land Rover in Swayfield (incident number 96), the theft of number plates from a Daihatsu Fortrack in Skillington (incident number 112) and the theft of a Land Rover 90 Series with a green hard top, from Pickworth (incident number 127).

A police spokesman said: “There are a number of reasons why Land Rover Defenders are being targeted. Value and desirability is set to increase due to the manufacture of the current model having stopped. They have now reached ‘cult status’ as far as Land Rovers go. The types stolen are not packed with electronic components like more ‘modern’ vehicles so don’t need specialist knowledge to maintain, and if broken up for parts the components are interchangeable between most models of Defender.

“I would like to appeal to all Defender owners and to anyone who might know someone who owns one to be aware and vigilant. Make sure your vehicle is locked and, if possible, keep it in a secure location overnight.

“If you see or hear any suspicious activity around any of these types of vehicles please report it to police as soon as possible on the non-emergency number 101.”

If anybody has information on the above incidents they should call 101, quoting the incident number and the date May 2 2016.