Stolen JCB found after giant muddy tracks lead to hiding place

A man has been handed a nine week suspended jail sentence and was banned from driving for six months after he admitted taking a JCB without the owner's consent.

34-year-old Darren Bennett stole the £23,000 digger from Powys County Council depot in the middle of the night, but left a trail of dirt so thick that it could be followed by a police helicopter.

Brecon Magistrates Court heard how it was eventually found hidden two miles from his home in Tredegar, in Blaenau Gwent. Bennett was traced by a thumb print.

There were muddy tracks leaving the depot.

They were able to be followed and a police helicopter was deployed which discovered the JCB hidden woodland.

– Helen Tench, Prosecutor