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Jamie Oliver slams 'unimpressive' police after being forced to track down his own stolen tractor

Jamie Oliver has revealed how he had to turn detective to track down his stolen tractor – after accusing 'unimpressive' police of 'failing to properly investigate' the theft.

The vehicle was found abandoned in a field after a midnight raid on the star's Essex estate.

The TV chef, 45, used trackers on the tractor to locate it and a trailer after giving information to police which he claims they failed to take seriously.

He said he provided CCTV footage and the number plate of a Mercedes used by the thieves after a 'makeshift' plate fell off during the heist. It took place at around midnight on April 29 when the thieves targeted his property, The Sun reported.

I’ve tracked it down: Jamie Oliver standing triumphant with his tractor

The vehicle was found abandoned in a field after a midnight raid on the star's Essex estate

The thieves left the tractor in a known dumping spot for criminals.

Oliver is said to have criticised the police's response as 'lukewarm' and warned locals in Bamber's Green about robberies in the area He reportedly wrote: 'Two guys in a black Mercedes 4x4 stole a new trailer and tractor.

'I just wanted to make you all aware there seems to be some confident casual theft going on in and around the village. Another local farmer and house in the village also has been broken into. It's well worth being vigilant as ever.

'When we spoke to them it was still a very active crime and frankly our security systems and team did all the homework for them but no real active interest?? 

'Anyway, our security cameras picked up the burglars, their car and the number plate (they tried to cover it up but it fell off mid break-in). Everything they stole had trackers so we were able to see it play out.

'Police weren't interested in meeting us at the crime location where our stolen items had been taken. So I had to send my team there to get it back. Honestly?!'

A spokesman for Essex Police told The Sun: 'Officers were unable to attend immediately as they were dealing with other incidents throughout the night and early hours. The informants recovered the vehicles themselves before officers had the opportunity to get there.

'We always prioritise calls where there is the greatest risk of harm to people and threat to life. This means we can't always attend some incidents immediately but we do our best.'

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