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Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham rose by 12 per cent last year and cost the regional economy £840,000. Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment.
The figures are from NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Survey. Nationally the cost of rural crime totalled an estimated £44.5 million in 2013, a rise of 5.2% on the previous year.
These are the top 10 items targeted by thieves last year.
- Quad bikes
- Garden equipment
The NFU says many farmers are repeatedly targeted. Although high-value thefts may be highly planned the number of garden tools and ornaments being stolen indicates opportunist thieves continue to target gardens and outbuildings.
Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham cost 840 thousand pounds last year - a rise of 13 per cent on the previous year.
Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment. The figures have been compiled by NFU Mutual.