Trailer and quad bike stolen in separate thefts in Purbeck

Dorset Police are appealing for information following two thefts that happened within five days – the latest in Corfe Castle and the other in the Swanage area. 

The first was the theft of an Ifor Williams trailer that was taken from an address in Corfe Castle – and the incident was reported to Dorset Police at around 6.40 pm on Tuesday 30th March 2021.


Thieves smashed off the hinges on the trailer to seize it.

The trailer had tools in it – including rakes and spades – and had ‘Morris and Son Landscaping’ written on the side of it in green and white.

Anyone who has information about the theft should call 111 with incident number 55210050364. Anyone who thinks they can see it in front of them should call 999.

Stolen Trailer

Ifor Williams single axle. manual hydraulic tilt bed trailer. The owner has de-stickered it since this photo was taken

Quad bike theft

This incident followed another theft in Purbeck on Friday 26th March 2021 in which a red Honda quad bike and a box of tools were taken.

This theft is reported to have taken place in the rural Swanage area sometime between 9 am and 12 pm of that day. At the time of the theft it had the licence plate WA04 SBY, although police warn that it could have been changed since then.

While some of the tools have now been recovered, the bike and other tools are still missing and no arrests have yet been made.

On social media, Dorset Police Rural Crime Team said:

“Seen a red Honda foreman quad bike in suspicious circumstances? Offenders often hide stolen quad bikes/machinery for a short time to see if it has a tracker or until it’s no longer ‘too hot to handle’.

Anyone with information concerning this theft should contact the police with reference number 55210048500.

Stolen quad bike

Keeping property safe

Dorset Police are offering advice for owners of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs) to help keep them protected from theft.

Measures include keeping them locked away in a garage or building, installing CCTV and using security marking, immobilisers, VHF and GPS tracking devices.

For further information and the full advice, visit the Dorset Police website.

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