A quiet Longridge country road was in the crime spotlight again this week, just months after it was the scene of a dramatic raid.
The calm on Halfpenny Lane was disturbed when a Land Rover was snatched from Lyndhurst Farm whilst its owners, former policeman Mark Jones and his wife Emma – an IT expert – slept in bed.
Whoever took the vehicle didn’t bother using the house drive, but rammed it through the property’s ranch fencing and escaped directly onto the street.
The farm neighbours the house where, in February, raiders tied up a mother and her two children, threatened them with a sledgehammer and escaped with guns and ammunition.
Mark and Emma Jones were dismayed to discover they too had been the victims of crime on the usually peaceful road on the outskirts of town. The vehicle, which was not insured but has an estimated value of £5,500, was returned to them yesterday after police found it in Preston.
Police have arrested and bailed a 23-year-old man in connection with the theft.
Mark, a business crime investigator, initially thought that the pale blue Land Rover Defender may have been targeted.
The vehicle was taken overnight on April 30/May 1 and has some minor damage.
The couple had decided not to reinsure the vehicle as they were selling it and it had been immobilised and parked in a paddock on private land, behind two locked gates.
Now Mark, whose business Jones Corporate specialises in loss prevention and solving/preventing business theft, compliance and related HR issues, has decided to keep the vehicle, which will be reinsured and fitted with an immobiliser.
A police spokesman said that a 20-year-old man has been rebailed until May 29 and a 25-year-old man has been rebailed until May 28 in connection with the February 11 raid on Halfpenny Lane.