Telford thief takes JCB for a joyride

By Rob Smith | Madeley | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

A thief stole a JCB from a Telford building site and drove it "erratically" about half a mile before abandoning it, leaving the keys in its scoop.

The yellow construction vehicle was taken from the site at Brook Road, Madeley, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Monday. Damage to fences on the site was also discovered.

West Mercia Police said: "The JCB was driven erratically towards Barkers Court where the driver decamped. The keys were found in the bucket of the JCB.

"If you have information that you believe may be connected to this incident, please contact the police on 101, quoting the incident number 0746s of February 11.

"Please remain vigilant around your area and report suspicious persons, vehicles or activity to the police.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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