Appeal for information after £40k tack theft

  • A West Yorkshire yard is asking riders to be on the look out for their stolen tack, after 30 saddles and bridles, worth around £40,000, were taken in a night time raid.

    The thieves struck at Grange Farm, Arthington, near Otley, at 1am on Monday morning.

    They spent around three hours removing all the tack they could find from two tack rooms on the livery yard.

    Yard manager Sarah Thorn said the thieves had bypassed the security-card entrance to the yard, removing post and rail fencing from a roadside field to get in.

    “There were horses in the field so we are very lucky that they just stayed put,” said Sarah.

    The thieves were caught on CCTV but turned the cameras so they were not identifiable.

    Most of the tack was not marked, except for a Fairfax jumping saddle belonging to livery Alex Hetherton, which was microchipped and has the security number of 845.

    Other recognisable items are a western saddle and two trick riding saddles and three trick riding bridles, with Portuguese bits.

    West Yorkshire Police are investigating.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sarah on 07979 691688.

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