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Vehicle's owner angry at lost trade

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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THE owner of a JCB that was stolen and driven for four miles before being written off has spoken of his anger over the financial loss to his business.

Mark Dayment, 34, owns Langaton, the steel fabrication company based in North Road in South Molton, where the JCB was parked.

It was written off by Mr Dayment's insurance company after the theft.

He received a £7,000 payout, meaning he was left to fork out the remaining £8,000 for a new JCB.

In addition, there was damage caused to his wall when the JCB was driven out on to the road.

Mr Dayment said: "I have had to finance it myself. It has come out of the business. I could not afford to buy it outright.

"I have got no problem getting finance but it is the principle of going round looking at machines when I could be earning money for the business."

"It is all money I do not want to spend. I am not a miserable person, but why steal something like this?

"It is not like I left it outside with a note on it saying 'please take me'.

"If he had got it back to Barnstaple what would he have done with it?"

Mr Dayment said the JCB could have caused serious harm to the public.

He said he first realised something was wrong after receiving a call from his father to say he had seen the JCB being driven erratically.

"Things started going round my head," he said.

"I had visions of someone stealing it. I knew something was not right. I got a bit worried so I raced home and saw the damage to the yard."

After driving around the town unable to find the JCB, Mr Dayment eventually rang 999 and within 20 minutes he was contacted by the police to say the vehicle had been involved in an incident.

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  • accom  |  November 30 2012, 1:36PM

    Fransam, I completely agree that it was foolish to leave the keys lying around, but carelessness on the part of the owner is 100% no excuse whatsoever for anyone else to commit a crime. The thief is 100% to blame for the fact that the vehicle was stolen.

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  • fransam  |  November 30 2012, 12:24PM

    whilst I agree and understand anger at the scum who stole the JCB..it is also foreseeable that keys exist for a valid reason....to reduce foreseeable risks of theft/breakin..if i left my home unlocked i would be exposing the insurers to unnecessary and foreseeable risk....common sense really...lock it ..or lose it as the slogan goes...

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  • sicknote  |  November 30 2012, 11:35AM

    The ex junky drunken scrounging scum that done this gets a susspended sentence and has to pay £300 compensation. the hardworking owner is left thousends of pounds out of pocket. British justice at its finest.

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  • accom  |  November 29 2012, 12:10PM

    Mr DAYMENT should get more PAYMENT.

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  • Charlespk  |  November 29 2012, 11:27AM

    Keys left in any vehicle is not and invitation to steal it. The theft of anything that not padlocked, chained up, or nailed to the floor is the modern sickness that has been brought on by decades of social liberalism and lack of discipline and teaching. It's the shame of modern humanity. And they keep trying to tell us that crime is falling. . Moral behaviour is the only thing that's falling.

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  • Derbyite  |  November 29 2012, 11:00AM

    What if the keys hadn't been left in the vehicle...?