Hot tub thieves cause £50,000 of dam­age

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

AN AT­TEMPTED bur­glary at a hot tub com­pany caused more than £50,000 worth of dam­age.

Seven hot tubs were dam­aged be­yond re­pair dur­ing a breakin at Stone­hill Pools, Wye­vale Gar­den Cen­tre, in Hythe Road, Willes­bor­ough, last Mon­day .

It was the sixth break-in the com­pany has had in 18 months.

The of­fend­ers ran away emp­ty­handed when the alarms went off, but thou­sands of pounds of dam­age had al­ready been done.

Man­ager Rus­sell Wee­den said: “They broke into the back of the premises and drained seven hot tubs as well as rip­ping out the doors of the en­clo­sure one was in.

“They have badly dam­aged them where they have ripped all the pipework out, cut the ca­bles and dragged them along the floor.

“We have al­ready lost five hot tubs in pre­vi­ous break-ins and put se­cu­rity fenc­ing up, which cost us more than £10,000.

“To drain them out must have taken a long time so they must have been here a while and known what they were do­ing.”

Last month we re­ported how two hot tubs had been stolen from Kent Hot Tubs and Spas, at Green­way Gar­den Cen­tre, in Bethers­den.

The tubs, worth a com­bined £15,000, were taken on April 26.

Owner Martin Hughes said: “I have had to put alarms on ev­ery tub, which has cost me a lot of money.

“I never thought in a mil­lion years peo­ple would be able to steal the hot tubs be­cause they are pretty large ob­jects.

“If it hap­pens again, I can’t af­ford to re-open.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd 1212532

Rus­sell Wee­den with one of the dam­aged hot tubs

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