THE THEFT of two large wheeled loaders from Hanson Aggregates' Addington Quarry waste site has led Kent police to a stash of £500,000 of heavy equipment in Dartford and the arrest of six people.
It is believed that thieves, who made off with a Komatsu WA470 and a Cat 980, were located by trackers on board the machines.
When the police located the two £120,000 machines in Dartford, they found a further £250,000-worth of equipment, stolen from a site in Essex.
Five men and a woman from west Kent have been arrested and bailed to appear at Maidstone police station on November 7.
Plant theft specialist TER has issued a guide to preventing theft for equipment owners and hirers. Among the ideas suggested by the firm are that managers conduct random unannounced visits to sites to ensure nothing unusual is occurring and that owners consider incentives for workers, linked to reducing theft and safety risks.