Stolen caravan tracked down to city centre wasteland

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POLICE found a stolen caravan on wasteland in Leeds, just hours after it was reported missing in Cheshire.

Members of West Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Unit were able to trace the caravan as it was fitted with a tracking device, and officers recovered the vehicle on land off Whitehall Road at around 11.45am on Monday.

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

It was part of a cluster of five caravans and cars that had arrived on the land over the weekend.

The caravan had been stolen in Warrington early on Monday morning.

Five police cars and a dog unit were involved in recovering the caravan. A Transit van was also removed from the site by officers.

A teenager was among five people arrested by police on Monday.

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

Three men aged 26, 29 and 43 along with a 17-year-old boy, all from the Manchester area, were questioned by officers.

Duty Inspector Steven Taylor said: “In West Yorkshire we have a high number of plant machinery and caravans that are stolen every year - much higher than cars.

“It’s a pity more are not are fitted with trackers - because as this demonstrates, it makes our job in finding them a lot easier.”

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds to remove vehicles from the site today Monday 30th May.

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds to remove vehicles from the site today Monday 30th May.

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