A farmer’s tractor, dubbed the ’second love of his life’, has been stolen just months after the tragic death of his wife.
John Fisher has launched a social media plea after his grandfather’s tractor and transport trailer were taken from his storage yard.
It reads: "Please can I ask the Facebook community to spread this photo far and wide?
"After losing my grandmother three months ago, they were married for 68 years, some low-life scum has broken into my grandfather’s storage yard and stolen his tractor and transport trailer!
"It’s a 1956 Ferguson TEF Tractor (registration number OFU 931 - chassis number TEF479186). Let’s make this tractor too hot to handle and hopefully reunite my grandad with the second love of his life!
"Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this post and share it!
"The response has been overwhelming. Thank you everyone. I have been struggling to keep up with all the messages! To answer a few questions the tractor was taken from the Uppingham area in Rutland between Saturday evening and Sunday morning!"
Support has flooded in for the family after over 100,000 shares on Facebook.
Improving rural security: Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe
Good security is crucial to protecting your property. But as no two farms or rural businesses are the same, there’s no standard, one-size-fits-all solution.
However, there is good practice!
To understand how attractive your property might look to a thief, simply go to the nearest road or footpath and look at it through their eyes.
Are there any signs that security is good, like CCTV or gates? Are there many people about? Have vehicles and tools been locked away, or are they on show?