Stolen caravan tracked down to city centre wasteland

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

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

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.

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

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

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

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.

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.

Police move into a travellers site on Whitehall Road, Leeds

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