Hunt for van driver after mini-digger and trailer stolen

The theft occurred within Old School Road in New Byth at some point between 6pm and 11pm on Sunday.

Hunt for van driver after mini-digger and trailer stolen Police Scotland
Theft: A mini-digger like the one above was stolen.

Police are on the hunt for a van driver after a mini-digger and trailer were stolen from a car park in Aberdeenshire.

Investigating officers believe a Ford Transit-style vehicle was used in the theft after one was spotted towing a trailer with a mini-digger on the night of the crime.

The theft occurred within Old School Road in New Byth at some point between 6pm and 11pm on Sunday.

The yellow and black JCB 8018 had the registration RV 63 NBE.

The plant trailer, which was secured with a padlock around the hitching point, had the registration mark WM 65 SYG.

Detective constable Jon Pinder said: “Door-to-door enquiries have been carried out and CCTV in the area is being reviewed. 

“At this time we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a dark-coloured Ford Transit-style van in the area.

“We have reports of this van, which has a light-coloured stripe around it, being seen driving into New Byth around 9.50pm that night, not towing anything, and then again at around 10.16pm, towing a trailer with a mini-digger on it, heading north onto the B9027.

“Anyone who may be able to help in this investigation is asked to call us on 101.

“Likewise, we would ask anyone who may have been driving in the New Byth area in a vehicle fitted with a dashcam to check their footage to see if they may have captured anything which might assist us.”