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If any of the items of stolen plant below are seen, then please email giving the correct Theft Number.




Theft 1902/06


We have had a Doosan DX63-3 stolen - we believe from Kirby Fleetham Northallerton.


A Michael Jones from Reading company M.J. Groundworks claiming to be working at South Lowefield Farm, Lowefield Lane, Kirby Fleetham DL7 0SY; hired the machine for one week from the 8th February. 


He provided: insurance, card payment, home address details and a driving licence. We did all the standard checks even contacted the insurance company to verify everything was good.


The hirer is not answering his phone we have tried since Tuesday.


The machine is orange and grey  D.O.M 2015   Serial number is CEAAY-001480




Theft 1902/05


We have a good customer who has his own JCB 3CX Sitemaster (grey cab) stolen from his own small development in Ferryhill Co Durham.


3 men in a black Mitsubishi L200 drove on to site on Saturday night of 16th February, started the machine and drove off. It was last seen travelling to Sedgfield area Co Durham.


There are a couple of things that stand out on the machine:

- Only piped on 3 hydra clamps on backhoe

- Extending dipper drops out quickly

- Short length of chain welded to wear pad bolt




Fraudster Warning


We had someone called Adam saying he was from P N Daly Ltd he ordered 2 x 1.5 excavators and a 3-ton dumper as their insurance had elapsed. We rang him and asked him to send us his up to date insurance cover which he did.


The machines were delivered to HMP Prison, Agecroft road, Pendlebury M27 8FB on the 06/02/2019. One of our field service men noticed these same machines yesterday at the side of the road, all the machines had their stickers removed.


I rang P N Daly to question them and it was discovered that this was a bogus hire.

A D Newton signed for the machines using telephone number 07585 532234.




Theft 1902/04


We have had a machine stolen from site on Tuesday 12.02.19 site was in Radlett in Hertfordshire machine taken in question was a thwaites 1.0 tonne skiploader

Serial number ends - D2345




Theft 1902/03


We had a Hanix H36CR excavator stolen on Friday night (Feb 8th) / Saturday morning (Feb 9th) from a site at Thornwood Essex CM17 9LH.

A Mitsubishi Pajero seen on the cctv scouting the site.




Theft 1902/02


Over the weekend 2nd/3rd February, we had two excavator batteries stolen off a Case CX210 from a site in Sunderland.


The cabguards had been put in place on the Friday night by our machine operator but had been taken off and thrown to the ground by the thieves who must have used a key to take the padlocks off as no padlocks were left on site which is strange, they did not manage to get into the machine.  




Theft 1902/01


We had a complete cab door stolen of a Case CX130c excavator over the weekend of 3rd February at a site in Wheatley Hill County Durham 






Mark Stephen Rawlings, MR Groundworks - 31 Approach Garford Leeds LS25 1JD


He provided us with driving licence, Insurance paperwork and a £1000.00 deposit

He says he is working in the area, we unfortunately delivered to the site address

of MK18 4AG Finmere where the plant was signed for last week.


The machines have now disappeared and he does not answer his phone.

Trackers have been found ripped out at the site.


On investigation he apparently has been going round trying to hire from many

Hire companies locally and it looks like he has also done a hire company in Oxford

with a 5T Excavator, 3T Dumper and  1.5 T Digger from the same site.




Theft 1901/11


We have had a Dumper stolen on the 30th January.


Thwaites 6-tonne Swivel - 2018 Model. It is Road Spec c/w Green Seat Belt Beacon.


REG No EU67 GHX                  SERIAL NUMBER - E1823


Stolen from Godstone, Surrey. RH9 8LW



Theft 1901/10


I need to report the theft of 3.5t excavator from one of our sites in Hadlow Down, East Sussex.

The excavator is tracked and the police are still investigating.



Date:                     30/01/19

Time:                    00:13

Make:                   Wacker Neuson

Model:                 3503

Asset number:  K501

Serial No:            WNCE0307EPAL01039



The excavator was also a VDS machine




Theft number 1901/09


A Thwaites 6-tonne dumer was stolen recently in Dorset.


Serial Number: SLCM20661604D7054    Reg. No.: HF 66 DLD


Year: 2016




Theft number 1901/08


An 8-tonne excavator breaker was stolen on the 28th January. It was a pro-dem breaker painted purple. 



Theft number 1901/07


A Thwaites 1 Tonne hi-lift Dumper was stolen from Haselemere over the weekend of the 26th/27th January.

Serial No of machine SLCM201Z1313 C5765 Reg No HK63 HKG



Theft number 1901/06


The following equipment was stolen from a site in Guestling Green, East Sussex on the night of 23rd January.


1 x ecat4 +

1 x genny both marked cph b14

1 x fairport pp46 flat plate wacker cph 111217

1 x leica rugby 620 laser level set cph 610

1 x hitachi 110v sds drill dh26 px  cph 2318

1 x stihl ts 400 cph 0306

1 x weka dk17 hand held core drill

1 x trench wacker cph 2506

1 x stephill 6.5 kva generator cph 234326

1 x 950 ltr diesel bowser colour yellow cph bw3



Theft Number 1901/05


This machine was stolen overnight 23rd/24th January in Clanfield, Hampshire.

The machine details are set out below:


MAKE: Thwaites            MODEL: MACH581 - 3 TONNE DUMPER


AGE: 2018                    HOURS: 136





BT Fraud Warning


We received a telephone call claiming they were BT, and advising we have had a lot of fraudulent activity within our internet. I noticed 'firewall' notices flashing up, but feel the fraudsters were causing it, prior to calling and trying to gain access to our computers.


They claimed they were working from Newgate Street in London.  A name given was 'Ron'.  They gave out the telephone no. 0203 289 4184, but when I called it to access their 'technical department' it was the same person - 'Ron' - who answered it.


I have been told that BT would not call about your internet unless you were a BT customer.



Theft 1901/04


We have had two Atlas Copco XAS 67, hard hat, road towable, Yanmar powered compressors stolen recently.


The first was from a customers site at Uffington near Shrewsbury and the second from our yard on the 19th January in Telford, Shropshire


The serial numbers are AIP700618 and AIP701375.



Theft 1901/03


We have had a GAP 1t Hi- Lift Dumper stolen around 19th January from our site in St Albans, Hertfordshire.


2018 Mecalac TA1 – 1T Hi Lift Dumper      Serial Number 4920



Theft 1901/02


On 13th/14th January  a 2018 3-tonne Thwaites swivel skip dumper was stolen from a site in  Prospect Lane Havant.  Serial No SLCM580Z1801955


Two Thwaites 1 Tonne Dumpers stolen from Scotland Lane Haslemere as below.

2015 Machine SLCM201Z1517D

2017 Machine SLCM20171717D


Also on 20/21 December 2018 the rear brick boundary wall at our premises was partially dismantled & two peckers for 1.5 Diggers & two peckers for 3 Tonne diggers were stolen.



Fraudster Warning


A person calling himself Alan Davies from Crane Hire Direct is attempting to buy machinery using our Company details - in Grantham and also in Buckinghamshire so far that we know of.


Any enquires using the name Alan Davies, the e-mail address: or


the mobile telephone number +447441 393538 should be considered a scam.



Multiplex Global - Fraud Warning 


Criminals are targeting Multiplex suppliers in an attempt to acquire goods by deception.


Their method is to send an email requesting goods often with a fake purchase order attached. The email comes from a number of email addresses but the common factor is the use of the suffix; the correct suffix for our email addresses is so any emails with the suffix are not genuine.


The emails have, so far, been sent in the names Adam Gingell, Graham McIlkenny (both actual Multiplex employees) and “Accounts Payable” but all have the suffix. The name “Danial Smith” (not a Multiplex employee) also appears on some of the emails.


The emails or fake purchase orders will request that the goods be delivered to an address that has no connection with Multiplex.


In order that you are not caught out by this attempted fraud I would advise you to:


  • Ignore any email sent with the suffix report to the appropriate authorities as an attempted fraud)
  • to be suspicious of any order that asks you to deliver to an address where you have not previously delivered any goods


If you do have any doubts as to the authenticity of an order please either contact the person placing the order (use only a known telephone number, not one stated in the email), or anyone in the Accounts Payable team who will be able to confirm whether or not the purchase order is genuine.



Theft 1901/01


A Merlo P32.6 telehandler, REG NO: YK12ACX was stolen from our site on 24 Hartsbourne Av, Watford, WD23 1JL.  The theft was during the night of Wednesday/ Thursday 10th January 2019.


Manufacture year: 2011     REG NO: YKJ12ACX      SERIAL NO: C1466484



Theft 1812/02


A Volvo 1.5t excavator (EC15 BXT) was stolen along with 2 nr 12” petrol saw’s stolen from our site on Gardeners Hill Road, Frensham, Farnham,  Surrey, GU10 4RL.  The theft was during the night of Wednesday 28th November 2018.


Volvo EC15BXT (Serial nr: 7227794) cw ditching bucket

JCP STIHL Petrol Saw (serial nr: 185555313) engraved “JCP PS107 0918”

GGH STIHL Petrol Saw (serial nr: 03/12999)



Theft 1812/01


As discussed, we had the below 3 tonne Thwaites dumper stolen from site last night. The machine is yellow and has 2 x blue Cappagh stickers on the swivel skip (these would have probably been removed straight away). Serial number is below and our own fleet number which is displayed on the side in the form of a white sticker is 108 (probably also removed).






Location of Site Dumper was Stolen from




CAP 108 - D7641




Theft 1811/03


We have had 15 Loncin Invertor suitcase generators stolen from our premises near Ashford Kent sometime between Thursday  evening 22/11/18 and early Friday morning 23/11/18.


They are a mixture of 240v (blue socket) and 110v (yellow socket).


They will be totally unusable as they did not take the gas fuel convertors.



Theft 1811/02


On the 4th November, a 1 tonne Thwaites dumper C5001 was stolen from a site in Layer Marney, Essex.



Theft 1811/01 


An Ausa 1 tonne Dumper D100AHA was stolen from site at Parkhurst Road, London N7 on the night of the 31st October.


Serial number - 70658413, and is Amber in colour.


Also stolen was an 18” Bucket to suit Kobuta U10-3 and a 24” Bucket.



Theft 1810/06


We've had a 1.5 ton Kubota KX015-4 (plant number E7886 serial number 59589) excavator stolen from an address in Chadderton Oldham.


Possible fraudulent hire was hired under the name Jonathan Champkin trading as Champkin Ground Works. Agreed one week hire upon collection date (12.10.18) no work had been completed and no digger on site. 



Theft 1810/05


We have had a Thwaites 1 Ton Hi Tip Dumper stolen from a customers site in Leeds, LS17 7DW on the 19th October.


Serial Number - SCLM201Z1717D9634  it carries our fleet no. D105 



Theft 1810/04


Just a short email to advise that a dumper was stolen from MobberleyWA16 7HT on the 28th September just before 7am.


Make: Thwaites     Model: PT6000     Type: 6 ton Swivel site dumper


Serial: C7622     Year: 2016    JKA Fleet number: 5102169



Theft 1810/03


Just to alert you that we had a Hitachi ZX19 mini digger stolen from a site.


Details of digger:


Diesel Hydraulic Excavator Mini

Hitachi ZX19U-5-YLR




Quick hitch




The site was Chatham Hills Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5AP. Date was 14/06/18.



Theft number 1810/02


Thwaites 3 Tonne swivel skip dumper serial number E5068 Reg No HX67 DXB Fleet No D78  year of manufacture September 17  stolen from a Southern Water Compound, Main Road, Bosham, Chichester West Sussex. It was apparently locked away in the compound & it was driven through the fence from Monday 8th October pm/Tuesday 9th October am.



Rescinded Insurance Policy


We have been advised by RSA that insurance policy JCBPM0001/002905 in the name of Andrew Chatters T/as Andrew George Groundworks & Utilities has been cancelled as a result of a failure to disclose relevant information. The certificate of insurance and policy schedule that were issued are no longer valid and should not be accepted when conducting due diligence checks as part of the hiring process.



Theft number 1810/01 Stolen Breaker


A breaker/pecker was stolen on Friday Night/Saturday Morning (5th / 6th October) from a site at Turkey Road Bexhill. It can be identified as a Soosan SB20 serial no: 2129.



Theft number 1809/03


We have had a theft of a THWAITES SKIPLOADER 2013 (Serial No. SLCM201Z1317C5269) and a TAKEUCHI MICRO MACHINE (Model number TB210R – Serial No. 211000285)


Telephone order from ERNIE DAVIS for a week’s hire for both to be delivered in Norfolk on the 19/09/18. This was all paid for at the time.


We delivered the equipmentand took photos of:


-        The ID of the man at the property - ROBERT JAMES HAWORTH


-        A photo of number plate of the van - YF 08 ZWJ


-        And a photo of the actual man as well


We arrived a week later to collect, but there was nothing there. A neighbour said a lorry arrived 1 hour after we delivered it and took it away.


ERNIE DAVIS used the email address - ERNIE.DAVIS@GMAIL.COM and used the mobile number 07762 044425





A man called Mark Williams, claiming to be from JMK civils has been on trying to hire 3 items of small kit for a job in Radcliffe M26 1WN. I have spoken to their office and they have no-one called Mark Williams and the only people that order for JMK Civils is Joe/Chris/Paul. His email address he is saying is, whereas JMK email address should be



Theft number 1809/02 - Arrowhead R75 breaker stolen at the weekend from A site on  Edinburgh Way, Harlow.


Fitting bracket on the top for a 3CX quick hitch.



Theft number 1809/01 - Manitou MT625 Telehandler stolen from a site at Rickmansworth on the 1st / 2nd September.

The machine is in Manitou colours.


Serial number -  997881. Age - 25/04/18    Machine reference - 3992





A man called ‘Sandis’ is working with another who calls himself ‘Raymond Red’. They hire plant on short term, paying for the first week upfront by BACS, then disappear with the plant/equipment. The office number they use are just an answering service. They have stolen three forklifts in the last month. They have been stealing from Burnley, Sheffield and Blackburn areas.


They are very organised and emails they send make out they have the equipment on a long-term hire and because of this the police are not interested. They have changed the registered address of the company from Newcastle to Wales in the last week. The address in Wales is an office that offers an answering service and nothing else.



Theft number 1808/03


Hi-tip dumper was stolen in Shebdon, Staffordshire on the night of the 13th/14th August.


Thwaites 1 ton hi-tip dumper

Serial no. SLCM20121817E1673

Datatag 47AT2Z

Purchased new 28/03/18



Theft number 1808/02


Digger was stolen from a site in Harlow Road, Moreton, Ongar, Essex in the early hours of the 14th August


Digger Fleet Number - E9

Digger Make & Model - Hyundai Robex 55-9

Serial Number - HHKHM903KC0003129

Year - 2011

Colour - Hyundai Yellow



Theft number 1808/01


A Terex 6 ton dumper was stolen from Oakleaf Close Mansfield - next door to Aldi supermarket – in the early hours of August 9th.






Fraudulent company - we have received an on-line credit account application from:


Grants Cleaning Limited

70 West Regent Street


G2 2QZ


Having also had an application from Falconer Contracts (see below) we noted several similarities:


- Newly formed company


- Based in Glasgow


- Same typeface as Falconer on the letter heading


- Bank statement showing large amount in the account. (Including receipts on weekends)


- Insurance cover taken out with Trade Direct as with Falconer - with cover also starting from 31st July.



Fraudster - Thomas Lee Bowmann trying to hire plant by using forged/fake documents and a stolen debit card in the Derbyshire area.


In validating his identity - his driving license wasn’t right and the gas bill is a forged copy from the internet. We then rang the police on 101 and a crime reference has now been logged.


Description of him: was dark haired, stocky, short with teeth missing and at the time wearing a green hi viz.



Theft number 1807/08


An Atlas Copco SB 52 Breaker serial no. 095345 (to fit a micro-excavator) was stolen in Levenshulme Manchester.



Theft number 1807/07


Takeuchi TB016Cab (serial No. M11620421) was stolen from Burghclere, near Newbury.



Theft number 1807/06


Prodem PRB050 Breaker for 5/8 Ton Excavator was stolen from a site at Thorpe Arch, Wetherby.


Serial number 050-H1826.


A gang of thieves broke into site and were seen by the security guard loading the breaker into the back of a Van. When the security guard challenged them, they then proceeded to ram his car out of the way to escape site after he parked his vehicle across the site gateway to block them. The police have been attempting to trace the car but to no avail.



Fraudsters - in the Central Scotland area, notice of a dubious company – details below.


Highway Europe Ltd

4 Wesley House

Fourth Street



TeL 0191 432 7664


They visited our offices this morning, in full PPE with business cards, claiming they were contractors on behalf of the Highways Agency, and that they would be working outside our yard between the hours of 12 midnight - 5am tonight. They asked if we needed access to the yard during those hours, and if anyone would be in the office.


We checked with business neighbours on both side of our yard to see if they had the same visit and nobody did. After checking the registration of their car - HO53 PEY Grey Mercedes Benz C Class - the car is not taxed, or registered to the company name they have provided. They are obviously up to no good, and everyone should watch out for them.



Theft number 1807/05


Volvo EC27c Excavator with Harford Quick Hitch - was stolen from a site in Farnham.

Our fleet number was 268. Year 2014  Serial no 4427  


A neighbour saw three white males and a white van with a trailer part registration is RK61 or RL61 loading the excavator. 



Fraudster - Mark Willings claiming to work for Trent Bridge Construction - he does not. The phone number that Mark rings on is 07425 369432



Theft number 1807/04


We had a break in at a water treatment site in eastling  near Faversham a considerable amount off plant was stolen


1x petrol mixer plant number 90460

1x stihl petrol cut off saw p/n 2603

1x bosch gks 190 p/n 0049

1x sub pump p/n 241017

1x cordless Makita drill p/n 11220

1x cobra petrol jetwash p/n 15217

Laser level with bits p/n 1805

1x flat plate fairport pp 46 p/n 101217

1x narrow boss scaffold tower p/n scaff n 1

1x poker unit and flex p/n 101214

1x cat4 +and genny 4  p/n 1338 b11

1x 115mm grinder hitachi p/n 78242

Plus the workers hand tools levels and drills



Fraudster - Falconer Contracts based in Clydebank.

We received, copy drivers licence and Insurance amongst other items and were able to confirm insurance was held and that this company on the face of it looked legitimate.


An order was placed for a JCB926, a 8 tonne excavator & a 10t dumper for a lengthy hire.  We booked this plant through Jarvie Plant and Mulholland Plant for delivery last week Fri 29th June and on Monday 2nd more plant (a 3T dumper, 250g Fuel Bowser, 9m lighting tower and 2x Mini excavator) was asked to be delivered to site for the  Wednesday.


On Tuesday 10th another plant hire company informed Jarvie Plant that their machine (8t excavator) along had been moved across the other side of the city with the stickers taken off.


We arranged for the excavator removed from site and taken back to the depot


Jarvie had someone attend the original delivery site to see if the rest of the machines were there, nothing was on site apart from the diesel bowser locked behind gates.


We informed Mulholland of a potential theft and they said that their forklift was showing on its tracker as being in an housing estate nearby.  They attended site later that day however the forklift was no longer there. 


Mulholland were then alerted by the tracer of the forklift movement to an old locked up waste transfer station. The police and Mulholland attended immediately.


The police gained access they found the forklift from Mulholland and some of the plant from Jarvie on site – we are still awaiting confirmation of what's been located.


Police are investigating other potential sites where the plant may be. Needless to say we are unable to establish any contact with the customer.



Theft number 1807/03


Ammann ARX26 1200mm twin drum roller stolen from site in Bolton. Our fleet number was 280. The serial number was 6151121 and the engine serial number 101917.



Fraudster - A tall Nigerian man has gone onto site claiming they are from Piling Equipment Ltd saying they are chasing money owing, and said he has invoices (our client hasn’t seen the invoices). Our client hasn’t paid them anything. 


I’m not sure if he will go back to try and take our rig due to non-payment or some other excuse, or try and get  money from them. The client is aware that this man has nothing to do with our company, and will not pay him anything.


The client is based in North west London.



Theft number 1807/02


Dumper Mecalac (Terex) TA6s 6T (2018) swivel skip was stolen from a site in Rudheath, Northwich. 

Serial / Vin number - SLBD1DJ0EH6PR3148. Registration number - MX67 KCC



Theft number 1807/01


JCB micro 8008 has been stolen from our yard in Swindon, Wiltshire.  The serial number is 764575.  A reward will be paid to any information leading to its safe return. 

Andy of Tiger Plant on 01793 886444



Fraudster - Richard Walker claiming to be from RDF Building Ltd.


The only reason that he was caught out was because I have just received an email from CPA regarding the same company. I have rung said company and they confirmed this man has been attempting to hire plant using their name for the past week.


He used a gmail email address and said the reason for this was the server was down at the moment, which didn’t sound strange at the time as our server was down.



Fraudster - Martin Treanor claiming to be from Cruden Construction.


He called on 07856 014805. The email address he gave was: – he advised use this email as the usual one is down at the moment.



Theft number 1806/01


JCB VMT260-120 Roller was stolen from St Georges Road, Badshot Lea, Surrey. Serial Number 2804371



Scam site visit - A group of men posing as plant fitters turned up on a site pretending they were there to fix a machine, coincidently our fitters were due there to fix a machine!


They didn’t know this, they were just chancing their luck but had the man on the site gate not been switched on he may have let them on to site and no doubt the machine would have been stolen or other items.



Theft number 1804/02


New 2018 Roller BW120AD-5 101880382542 was stolen from the Runcorn area. 



Theft number 1804/01


Green 12t Merlo fork truck – serial number 1251180 - was stolenfrom Caddick Construction site, East Side Retail Park, Leeds.



Theft number 1803/04


2 x 1 ton dumpers and a quantity of 3/4 & 1 ton digger buckets - stolen in the Staffordshire area

The dumpers were: Thwaites 1 ton - serial no. - 2-A464 - Yellow


                                 Neuson 1001 - serial no. - BB01420 - Yellow



The buckets all have "ST20 0PX" welded on them (+a plant no)



Theft number 1803/03


An Atlas Copco LP13 – 30P hydraulic power pack stolen - is quite unique in that the controls have been modified for piling hammer control.




Theft number 1803/02


DEMAREC MQP25 stolen from the Shrewsbury area.


The multi-processor had both a pulveriser and the shear jaw with it. The yoke was fitted on a 80mm pin top bracket  to suit a 20ton machine.

All 3 parts of the processor have mtk welded on them also with fleet numbers.




Theft number 1803/01


Timberwolf Towable Chipper and a Hydraulic Beaver Power Pack which was adapted for use with a Roller Striker was stolen in Cheltenham 



Theft number 1802/02


3 Tonne Hitachi Mini Digger ZX30 with ditching bucket – SN HCMIL500P00002681


TEREX BENFORD Pedestrian Roller  yellow not signwritten – Plus the trailer for the pedestrian roller


Stolen from NHS Carpark Compound in Little Lever Bolton BL3 1JQ.



Theft number 1802/01


Schwing 750 Concrete (2015) Pump - stolen from a site in Muswell Hill (north London).


Serial number: 7501300.  Schwing SP750 – 18. Colour - White  Caterpillar Diesel engine



Theft number 1706/01


Hi-tip Dumper - stolen from TG Construction site c/o 23, Hillingdon Rd Sale Manchester M32 8PB. Serial no. 1597361. See below.




Theft number 1704/01


Hoist - stolen from a site in Bromley. The unit is a Geda 300z serial no. 1643001295 (Year Of Manufacture - 2004). 



Theft number 1703/01


Breaker - Arrowhead S40 breaker stolen from the Whitwell area of the Isle of Wight. 

Colour - Yellow    Serial Number - S40011305
It had our fleet number B32 welded on to the side of it.  



Theft number - 1702/01


Breaker - MTK354 Indeco HP150 standard was stolen in Stockport. Serial number 27134.



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