Man appears in court after tractor chase across west Norfolk

Tractor crash De Havilland Road, Wisbech. Photo: Ken Thomas

Tractor crash De Havilland Road, Wisbech. Photo: Ken Thomas - Credit: Archant

Police have charged a man following an incident involving a tractor at the weekend.

The abandoned tractor in Wisbech

The abandoned tractor in Wisbech - Credit: Archant

Officers mobilised a helicopter and six cars to track a suspected stolen tractor on a seven mile cross-county pursuit, starting at around 8pm. The route took them across the county border, from Norfolk into Cambridgeshire, where it ended in Wisbech.

The pursuit started in Tilney St Lawrence, when police responded to reports of a man attempting to steal a tractor from a farm at about 8pm on Saturday. When they arrived, the vehicle drove off, and was followed by officers.

They trailed the red Case 160 Puma tractor until it came to a halt in Oakroyd Crescent, Wisbech, with bucket raised and precariously close to a house.

Nathan Lovell, of Trinity Road in Wisbech was arrested in connection with the incident and taken to King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The 25-year-old was subsequently charged with one count of theft of a motor vehicle, failing to stop and driving without insurance and appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court this morning, Monday, via video link.

No indication of plea was given and he is now due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on February 15.

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In an unrelated incident, police in Wisbech had, hours earlier, had to close part of Norwich Road after a car slid and flipped onto its side.

Emergency services attended the scene near to the junction with Ramnoth Road, just after 5pm, but the driver escaped uninjured.

On Saturday afternoon police were also called to the scene of a hit-and-run incident involving an eight-year-old child in Wisbech.

The collision happened at about 2.30pm on St Michael's Avenue and the child suffered minor injuries.

Police are urging anyone who may have spotted a green Peugeot estate car with an X registration to call 101 and quote incident number 272.

Did you see the tractor chase which ended in Wisbech? Email sophie.biddle@archant.co.uk