A rare and valuable tractor stolen from a farm 100 miles away in Staffordshire was put up for sale at a Lancashire market.

Bill Castellan, 71, a collector and horticultural enthusiast, says three of his tractors were taken by thieves on May 20, after they cut a hole in fencing and drove a van to an outbuilding where they were being stored.

All three of the vehicles then reportedly appeared at an Auto Jumble Sale in Churchtown, near Preston, last month, including a ‘one-off’ model dating back to the late 1970s and which cost £15,000 to develop. Police and Mr Castellan were tipped off to their appearance after placing an appeal in a horticulture collectors’ newsletter.

It was the irreplaceable collectors-item model which was sold to a punter who is said to have driven off in a white van.

Mr Castellan is now appealing for that man, or anyone who has been offered the tractor for sale since, to come forward.

He said: “It was the most valuable tractor I had, and the rarest. The insurance has paid out on it but that is not the point really. It would mean a lot to get it back.”

Dad-of-one Mr Castellan lives in Telford, but uses his friend’s farm in Staffordshire to store his collections.

Anyone with information can call Staffordshire Police on 0300 1234455 quoting incident number 280 21/5/11.

Additional Info

Police Incident Number280 21/5/11
Police ForceStaffordshire Police 0300 123 4455