Two farmers who were attacked when they tried to stop thieves stealing their property are recovering in hospital after being left with serious injuries.
The two incidents, which have not been linked, occurred within a few hours of each other in North Yorkshire and Cheshire.
Yesterday (July 25) a woman was left with serious head injuries when she was attacked with a large plank of wood by rustlers attempting to steal her sheep.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) which attended the scene alongside police, said the farmer was attempting to protect her animals when she was assaulted by two men.
A GNAAS spokesman said the woman was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The incident took place shortly before 2pm in Picton, near Crathorne, North Yorkshire.
Police said they had arrested five men on suspicion of attempted robbery. The men have all been released on bail.
On Sunday (July 24), a Cheshire farmer attempted to stop thieves stealing his fork lift truck and was run over as the intruders made their escape.
Cheshire Police said the 49-year-old man approached the gang in his yard when he realised they were planning to steal machinery from the farm in Audlem, Cheshire.
Officers said the offenders then assaulted the farmer and attempted to drive off in a Vauxhall Corsa, running him over as they left.
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “As they made their escape they were in collision with the man causing him injuries. He was taken to hospital and remains in a stable condition.”
Anyone with any information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 936 on 24 July 2016, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.