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'Joyriders' tear down historic trees in stolen diggers in Devon

One of the abandoned diggers after it was broken into and driven by 'joyriders'. Credit: Devon Live

Trees more than a hundred years old have been torn down in a Devon forest by joyriders who 'hot-wired' two enormous excavating machines.

The thieves broke into the diggers, which were parked in a wooded area near Dolton, some time between January 14 and January 18.

After tearing down a number of trees, the culprits ditched the vehicles and set fire to them.

One of the burnt-out diggers. Credit: Devon Live

The vehicles belonged to land owner Lindsay Doran, who took to social media to appeal for information.

Last week vandals went on the rampage in the middle of our woods, on the outskirts of Dolton.

They hot-wired both machines and ran riot, leaving a trail of destruction and tearing down majestic 150-year old trees until crashing them in a ditch.

Not content with that they then set light to both, burning them out completely.

Both diggers were parked well off of the road and out of public view. How can this be allowed to happen in such a beautiful part of the world?

– Lindsay Doran, land owner
Owner Lindsay Doran said the thieves had Credit: Devon Live

Devon and Cornwall Police has since issued an appeal for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/006283/20.