POLICE are urging witnesses to come forward following plant machinery thefts from building sites in Northwich

Around 6.50pm on Thursday, July 5, a telescopic handler similar to a forklift truck was stolen from a building site in Chapel Street.

It was seen being driven away from the area in the direction of Wincham.

On the same night, around 8.25pm, two mini diggers were stolen from a building site at the Honeyvale Gardens housing estate in Beehive Lane, Moulton.

The diggers were seen leaving the area on a white flatbed heavy goods vehicle.

There were two white men in the cab. The driver is described as being around 30 years old and having dark hair and light stubble.

Cheshire Police believe the incidents may be linked and are urging anyone with any information that may help their investigations to get in touch.

DC Paul Matchett said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the areas or saw or has dashcam footage of the plant machinery leaving the building sites.

“We also want to speak to anyone who believes they may know who the thieves are or has any other information that may assist our investigations.

“Enquiries into the two incidents, which we believe may be linked, are ongoing and I urge anyone with any information that may help us to call Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 114928 (Northwich theft) or 114621 (Moulton thefts).

"You can also give us the details via cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”