Jamie Oliver has shared that he has found his stolen tractor as he accused the police of failing to investigate it properly.
The TV chef, 45, managed to track it down after thieves dumped it in a field in Essex after the tractor went missing on a midnight raid on his estate.
Oliver called the police “unimpressive” over the handling of the case after he claimed he managed to solve the mystery within hours.
He gave cops CCTV grabs and even managed to get the number plate of the thieves’ Mercedes after a makeshift covering fell off when they made off with the tractor.
According to The Sun, Oliver claimed the police didn’t help him with tracking down the culprits.
He used trackers from the equipment to find its location and found it had been abandoned in a known dumping spot for criminals.
Oliver claimed the police “weren’t interested” in visiting the site so he went there himself and managed to get it back just hours after it had been taken.
Speaking about the police’s response, Oliver said: “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??”
He went on: “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?!”
The TV star added: “I do realise the police are busy but this type of crime is very common. For me, when it’s active crime with good data etc why would you not follow up?”
The break-in took place around midnight on April 29 at Jamie’s Essex estate in a sleepy Essex village.
The thieves are thought to have snuck into the grounds through a side driveway.
Oliver later found the tractor in a field near Bamber’s Green.
The Mirror has contacted reps for Jamie Oliver and is awaiting comment.
A spokesperson for Essex Police said: “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.
“Our crime scene investigators attended at 10.15am that day, shortly after the crime was reported.
“No forensic opportunities were found on the vehicles but our enquiries into the theft remain ongoing.
“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.”