RESIDENTS in the Great Whittington area are being urged to be vigilant after thieves struck under the cover of darkness.

Police are investigating after a Honda 420 quad bike was stolen from an outbuilding in the village between 5.30pm on Monday and 7am on Tuesday.

A message circulated to Farmwatch members by Northumbria Police urged those who live or work in the area to check woodland or hedgerows in case the quad has been discarded.

Anyone with information should call officers on 101, quoting reference number 400 of the 12/11/19.