June 2019

£45,000 of machinery seized at Southampton Port

Our team of specialist port officers at Southampton Docks recovered four high-value agriculture machinery items from a shipping container.

Upon examining  the containers, they revealed contents from numerous burglaries in the Liverpool and Manchester areas.

A Hamm HD12 Road Roller, valued at approx. £25,000, was recovered after being stolen from Merseyside in January 2019. All of the original ID was intact, but the hire company livery had been crudely removed. Unfortunately, the steering column damaged as a result of the burglary.

In addition a JCB 524/50 telehandler, valued at £18,000, was stolen just after Christmas from a dairy farm.

The VIN plate had been removed to ensure that it couldn't be formally identified. Fortunately the stamped VIN was still intact, and the machine still carried the fleet livery at the time of the discovery.

A Stephill Generator was also recovered after being stolen from a construction site in Old Trafford over Christmas. It was worth approximately £3,000.

The fourth machine identified was a 2011 Terex Dumper, last registered to frim Travis Perkins. A number of significant steps had been taken to ensure that it couldn't be easily identified such as removing the livery and VIN sticker from the machine.

Although officers at the port were able to identify that it belonged to a fleet of vehicles after remnants of livery (a blue and yellow oval) were found on each side of the machinery.

A successful operation, showcasing how NaVCIS's dedicated teams are helping to protect farm and agricultural communities from harm caused by the theft of farm and construction vehicles and machinery.