JCB Damage Spree

Damage caused at Church Warsop


Police have arrested a 34-year-old man following an incident in Church Warsop, near Mansfield, in which a JCB caused damage in a cemetery and to fields and other vehicles.

Just before 6pm on Saturday 2 July a dog section officer was driving a police car behind the JCB. The manner in which the JCB was being driven gave cause for the officer to signal for the driver to pull

over. The driver failed to stop and proceeded to drive the JCB into an open field.

The vehicle was travelling at around 15mph and so the officer got out of his vehicle and made further attempts to signal to the driver to stop.

Additional police resources were deployed including the police helicopter. The JCB continued onto a nearby lane where it hit a vehicle. The member of the public in the vehicle is not believed to have

sustained serious injuries.

The JCB proceeded along the A60 into a second field and then through a wall into the grounds of a cemetery on Cuckney Hill. A number of headstones were damaged by the JCB before it drove through a gate

and came to stop after puncturing its tyre.

Police arrested a 34-year-old man, who he remains in police custody.

The JCB is believed to have been stolen from the local area and police enquiries to locate the owner are taking place.

Inspector Alan Hamilton of Nottinghamshire Police said: "The incident lasted for less than 10 minutes but in which time the JCB caused damage to fields, hedges, vehicles and within the cemetery.

"Members of the local community are clearly upset by the damage and local officers are at the cemetery reassuring the public. The local councillor will be contacted and we will work with the community to

ascertain the full extent of the damage and to provide whatever assistance we can to them."

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