Thieves who tried to steal Land Rover from Kenilworth farm chased away by farmer in tractor

The entrance to Goodrest Farm off Rouncil Lane. Copyright: Google Street View
The entrance to Goodrest Farm off Rouncil Lane. Copyright: Google Street View

Masked thieves who tried to steal a Land Rover from a Kenilworth farm were unsuccessful after they were chased away by a farmer in his tractor.

The three thieves drove into Goodrest Farm off Rouncil Lane at around 2.45pm on Monday April 9 in a white Ford Transit van.

Two of them were seen trying to get into a white Land Rover parked on the grounds by Will Burbury, who was helping fertilise fields in a tractor at the time. The other offender was waiting in the Transit.

Will said: “It was all a bit of a blur really. I drove into the yard and there they were.

“As soon as they saw me they abandoned the Land Rover and drove off (in the Transit).

“If I was two seconds earlier I could’ve pinned the van in so it couldn’t get away.”

Will’s tractor can reach 30mph, so he gave chase towards Beausale before the thieves got out of sight.

Although Will said he acted on impulse, he added: “I think anyone would’ve done the same.”

Will’s brother Paul Semple, the tenant at Goodrest Farm, added: He said: “It was quite dramatic. They’d got the Land Rover started. They had hoodies on with either masks on or something round their faces.

“But when Will came round with the tractor, they abandoned the Land Rover and jumped back into their Transit van. They didn’t get away with anything.”

Will said he was concerned similar incidents could happen again. He added: “We just need to keep an eye out and keep our vehicles locked up.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident.

A spokesman added: “We can confirm there was an attempted theft of a vehicle from a property on Rouncil Lane. The call was received at 2.52pm.”

Anyone who saw anything or has any information should call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 187 of April 9.