Police officers are warning people about a spike in fuel thefts from farm tractors and plant machinery near the Powys-Shropshire border.

West Mercia Police said social media posts also indicate that machinery in Forden, near Welshpool had also been “attacked”.

It follows reports of a mini digger that was used for roadworks near Worthen was targeted for its battery, and a tractor and an excavator on a farm in Snailbeach, near Stiperstones, had diesel siphoned from the tanks.

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Police have issued advise to owners of farm fuel tanks, machinery and tractors which they say are “vulnerable” to fuel thefts.

“Keep tractors and powered machinery locked and out of sight from roads and footpaths when not in use to prevent thieves draining fuel tanks,” West Mercia Police said.

“Use locking fuel tank caps. Keep field and farmyard gates closed and locked, and block exit points that aren’t used.

"Activate intruder alarm systems, which may have a local sounder or remotely monitored signalling. Install security lighting to illuminate any suspicious activity. Check that your fuel gauge is not showing irregularities in fuel levels.”