Man sentenced after being found with stolen tractor and trailers

A 27-year-old man has been sentenced in connection with the handling of stolen rural equipment.

Taunton Crown Court, sitting at North Somerset Courthouse, heard how Charlie Hughes, of Fosse Way, was arrested along with two others on August 25, 2021 after officers from the Rural Crime Team, neighbourhood, intelligence, roads policing and patrol teams attended Fosse Way, in Ilchester, carrying out enquiries into a stolen trailer.

A full investigation was launched and machinery and trailers were recovered during the operation, with officers later establishing that one of the tractors and two trailers were stolen.

Months later, another trailer was found at the same location which was also confirmed to be stolen.

Hughes pleaded guilty to four counts of handling stolen goods and on June 21 was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to complete a 10-day rehabilitation activity, participate in a 29-day programme, carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and pay £187 to the court in victim surcharge.

Sergeant Katie Maun, from the Rural Crime Team, said: “This conviction is testament to the collaborative working between several teams, with a joint aim of protecting our rural communities.

“This outcome would not have been possible without the fantastic support of the officer in the case, DC Fran Rolli.

“Although the sentence was a suspended custodial term, we firmly believe this conviction sends out the message that we take rural crime seriously and will work hard to bring offenders to justice.”



One Comment

  1. Mick105 Reply

    Suspended sentence? This is a joke, note the fact he had already been nicked for the tractor and trailer. A month later he had another stolen trailer. The only lesson being learnt here is how soft our legal system is.

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